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Saudi Arabia's Game of Thrones: Who got caught in the widening corruption crackdown?

Saudi Arabia's Game of Thrones: Who got caught in the widening corruption crackdown?

A billionaire investor, sitting Cabinet members and the prince in charge of one of Saudi Arabia’s three security services are among the dozens of people arrested in an unprecedented purge that has accelerated a concentration of power in the hands of King Salman’s ambitious son and heir.

The sweep began over the weekend and was portrayed by Saudi officials as a crackdown on corruption, part of a plan by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to attract more foreign investment and reduce the country’s historic dependence on oil.

But the arrests also sideline potential rivals and critics from other branches of the royal family that have traditionally maintained a...

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