King Salman bin Abdulaziz decided to refer Prince Fahd bin Turki, commander of the joint forces of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, to retirement and investigation due to suspicions of financial corruption.
Prince Fahd bin Turki
Prince Fahd bin Turki (59 years) belongs to the third generation in the Saudi royal family, as he is the grandson of the founder of the Kingdom, Abdulaziz Al Saud, from his twenty-first son Turki II, and his mother is Princess Noura bint Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud.
Prince Fahd is married to the daughter of the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, with whom he has one son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Turki (who was removed from his position and referred for investigation as well), along with three daughters.
Prince Fahd joined the military service in 1983, and he rose in military positions since then until he became deputy commander of the ground forces and commander of paratrooper units and special forces, then he was promoted to the ranks of a pillar team and was appointed commander of the ground forces.
The name of Prince Fahd bin Turki has been associated with the intensity of the war in Yemen, as he oversaw the military operations carried out by the Saudi-led coalition against the Ansar Allah al-Houthi movement, before he assumed command of the joint operations of the coalition forces in February 2018.
Photos of Prince Fahd were often circulated while he was inspecting the military operations in Yemen and on the Saudi border, and he appeared in military uniform during his father’s funeral in 2016. There were rumors on several occasions that he was killed during the operations.
According to the royal decree issued yesterday, Prince Fahd bin Turki was referred to retirement and it was decided to investigate him, based on what was transferred from the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – who also holds the positions of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense – to the Supervision and Anti-Corruption Authority “regarding what has been monitored from Suspicious financial dealings in the Ministry of Defense and a request for investigation, and what the Authority has raised about the existence of financial corruption in the ministry. ”
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Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Turki
Prince Abdulaziz was born in 1990, and he is the son of Prince Fahd bin Turki Al-Thani, and his mother, Princess Abeer, is the son of the late King Abdullah Abdul Aziz. He studied political science in the United Kingdom, and worked in a number of private businesses before the issuance of a royal order in 2017 appointing him as deputy governor of Al-Jawf region, northwest of Saudi Arabia, on the border with Jordan.
A decision was issued to dismiss him from his post and refer him for investigation in accordance with the same royal decree, which included his father in addition to four other officials.
In recent years, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a campaign against what was described as corruption in the government.
In 2017, dozens of royals, ministers, and businessmen were detained at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh and most of them were released after a settlement with the government.
And early this year, the American Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that three prominent princes had been arrested, and it was reported that the detention was the result of an attempted coup against King Salman and his crown prince.
Last March, the authorities arrested about 300 government officials, including army and security officers, on charges of bribery and abuse of public office.
However, critics believe that the use of the “anti-corruption slogan”, although Saudi Arabia needs it, is tantamount to a “weapon” in the hands of the Crown Prince to tighten his control of power. Observers believe that the recent royal decree may favor this hypothesis, as the dismissal and investigation decisions included the commander of joint operations of the coalition forces in Yemen and his son, the deputy governor of Al-Jawf region at the same time, noting that the referral of Fahd bin Turki to retirement may aim to completely remove him from the two scenes. Military and political in the country.