Saudi Arabia frees Prince Khaled bin Talal after months of detention

Saudi Arabia has released a prominent critic of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from jail amid an worldwide outrage over the last month assassination of a dissident journalist, which many believe was ordered by the heir to the throne.

Prince Alwaleed told Fox News that an official Saudi investigation would show that the crown prince was not involved in Khashoggi's killing.

The release of Khalid also comes amid the global outrage over the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent insider thinker and journalist who fled to the United States after bin Salman's crackdown was launched a year ago.

Prince Alwaleed was freed from Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton Hotel along with other royals, senior officials and businessmen, most of whom reached financial settlements with the authorities.

The government said the move was to combat corruption but critics said it was an attempt by Prince Mohammed to sideline his potential rivals and consolidate power.

The Wall Street Journal reported that he was detained for 11 months for criticising the crackdown on the kingdom's elite last November.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October.

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It is widely seen as the worst diplomatic crisis facing the kingdom since the 9/11 attacks in US.

It appeared similar to deals that authorities struck with most other detainees in exchange for their freedom.

Relatives of Prince Khaled bin Talal shared pictures on social media, purportedly taken this weekend, showing the prince greeting his family.

Reports said that bin Salman, son of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is trying to defuse the worldwide crisis over Khashoggi murder.

Shihabi called for the release of "women activists and other moderate critics of the government" who have been detained in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's widely condemned crackdown on dissent in recent months.

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