Corruption fight: Saudi Arabia detained princes, dismissed ministers found wanting
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire businessman who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding, was among those held, according to Reuters news agency, citing an unnamed senior official.
The senior ministers who were sacked include Prince Mitaab bin Abdullah, the head of the National Guard, and Adel Faqih, the economy minister.
Abdullah al-Sultan, commander of the Saudi navy, was replaced by Fahad al-Ghafli.
In a statement on the official Saudi news agency, SPA, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud alluded to the "exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to, illicitly, accrue money" for the creation of the anti-graft committee.
Saudi officials, businessmen reportedly detained:
•Alwaleed bin Talal, owner of Kingdom Holding group
•Prince Mitaab bin Abdullah, minister of the National Guard
•Prince Turki bin Abdullah, former governor of Riyadh
•Prince Turki bin Nasser, former head of meteorology, environment
•Waleed Ibrahim, owner of MBC media group
•Khaled al-Tuwaijri, former president of the Royal Court
•Adel Faqih, minister of economy and planning
•Omer Dabbagh, former president of the General Investment Authority
•Saleh Abdullah Kamel, chairman of Dallah al Baraka Group
•Saud al-Tobaishi, head of Royal ceremonies and protocols
•Ibrahim al-Assaf, state minister and executive of Saudi Aramco
•Bakr Binladin, owner of construction company Saudi Binladin Group
•Saud al-Dawish, former CEO of Saudi Telecom Company
•Khaled al-Mulhem, former director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines