Riyadh says most detainees held as part of the anti-corruption drive launched on 4 November have agreed to a settlement.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency on 5 December, attorney-general Sheikh Saud al-Mujib, who is a member of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee, said 320 individuals have been subpoenaed and 159 individuals are currently detained.

The attorney general also emphasised that the investigations will not affect businesses owned by the detained individuals.

The statement said that although the bank accounts of 376 individuals have been frozen, all assets or corporate entities of those detained, and the rights of any other parties related to such assets or corporate entities, shall not be affected or disrupted.

Numerous princes and former ministers have been detained as part of the anti-corruption drive, with many being held at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

The most high-profile figures held include the former head of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the head of Kingdom Holding, and former finance minister Ibrahim al-Assaf.

It was reported in late November that Prince Mutaib has been released.

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