Addis Ababa, Jan 28 (AFP) The Ethiopian prime minister’s office Sunday said Ethiopia-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi has been freed from jail in Saudi Arabia, where he was arrested in 2017 as part of a vast anti-corruption campaign.Also Read - Delhi Capitals Skipper Rishabh Pant Falls Victim to Haryana Cricketer; Gets Cheated INR 1.63 Crore

Amoudi “has been released from prison in Saudi Arabia,” premier Abiy Ahmed’s office said on its official Twitter account. “We wish Mohammed Al Amoudi a safe return to Ethiopia.” The release of the business tycoon could not be immediately confirmed by a Saudi source. Also Read - West Bengal Cabinet Gives Nod To Recruit 2020 Women Police Constables

According to Forbes, Amoudi is a 72-year-old Saudi citizen born of a Saudi father and an Ethiopian mother. He owns companies operating in agriculture, energy and construction in several countries. Also Read - Delhi Rains: Flights Delayed For Second Day at IGI Airport, Airlines Issue Passenger Advisory | Tweets Inside

Amoudi, whose fortune was estimated by Forbes in 2017 at USD 8.3 billion, was arrested in November 2017 in an unprecedented Saudi purge that included the arrests of princes, ministers and businessmen for alleged corruption.

Since then authorities in the oil-rich kingdom have concluded financial “arrangements” in exchange for the release of most of the people arrested.

Critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman say the arrests were an attempt to push aside potential rivals and consolidate his power. (AFP) HMB

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