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 - ICAI CA 2021: Important Announcement! Change in Exam Centre For Kolkata Candidates - Details Here

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 - Khushi Kapoor To Make Her Bollywood Debut Soon With Noted Filmmaker, Confirms Boney Kapoor

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 - India vs Australia: PM Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar Congratulate Team India After Historic Win; Fans on Twitter Go Berserk

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

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.