Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi released from detention

The tycoon, who had a net worth estimated to be $10.9bn, was detained as part of 'anti-corruption purge' in 2017.

Saudi Arabia has freed Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, more than a year after the tycoon was detained under the kingdom's controversial anti-corruption campaign.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed confirmed Amoudi's release on Twitter on Sunday, saying he had raised the issue with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) during a trip to Riyadh last May.

A family office spokesman told Reuters that Amoudi had returned to his home in the western city of Jeddah.

Amoudi was detained at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel in November 2017 along with dozens of princes, officials and businessmen after MBS launched his so-called "anti-corruption purge".

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