An estimated 1,700 bank accounts have been frozen in inquiry observers say is power grab by crown prince to sideline rivals

More than $100bn (£76bn) has been misused through corruption and embezzlement in Saudi Arabia in recent decades, the country’s attorney general has said, as he announced the detention of 201 people as part of a sweeping investigation.

Gen Saud al-Mojeb said in a statement that 208 people had been called in for questioning since Saturday evening, and that seven people were released without charge.

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