The son of Saudi Arabian billionaire Sheikh Salah Kamel, who owns the Arab Radio & Television (ART) broadcasting empire, Mohi Saleh Kamel, was released from detention at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton hotel on December 29th.
Mohi Kamel was one of 23 detainees released. Saoud al-Daweesh, the former chief executive at Saudi Telecom was another. They were part of a round up of some 200 extremely senior Saudi figures detained amidst claims of corruption.
However, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who heads up the Rotana music-to-films empire, and also runs LBC Sat, a popular Arabic-language channel, as well as the Fox-branded entertainment channels over the Middle East, remains in custody. His father, Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz, (aged 86) is reportedly on hunger strike in protest at the officially-backed “purge” and subsequent detention of three of his sons, including Prince Alwaleed. Prince Talal was Finance Minister in the ten years from 1953, and has in the past protested at the power held in Saudi Arabia by the absolute monarchy.
The detainees were arrested on November 4th.