Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge

November 05, 2017

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency on December 15, 2015 shows Saudi Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman holding a press conference on December 14, 2015, at King Salman airbase in Riyadh. He has projected himself as a liberal reformer in the ultra-conservative kingdom. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire, and dozens of current and former ministers, reports said, in a sweeping crackdown as the kingdom's young crown prince consolidates power.