Saudi military leader forced out amid corruption probe

# 08:55
1 September 2020

Saudi Arabia's King Salman sacked a top military commander and his son on Monday as part of an anti-corruption purge, APA reports citing DW.

The decree said Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Said would be removed from his post as commander of joint forces in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen and would be placed in retirement. His son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd has been relieved of his post as deputy governor of the al-Jouf region.

State media said Al Said was replaced by Mutlaq bin Salim, the deputy chief of staff, on the recommendation of the kingdom's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Several other officers and civilian employees of the defense ministry were also being probed for corruption.

Saudi author and analyst Ali Shihabi said the government decision to remove the commander was a "very public signal against corruption in the military."