Saudi-Ethiopian tycoon Amoudi freed from detention



ADDIS ABABA/RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi-Ethiopian businessman Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, arrested more than 14 months ago in a crackdown on corruption, has been released from detention in Saudi Arabia, two Saudi sources and Ethiopian state television said on Sunday.

“He was released today and is heading to Jeddah,” one of the sources told Reuters.

Ethiopian Television cited Arega Yirdaw, chief executive of Al Amoudi’s MIDROC Technology Group, as its source.

The move comes amid intense scrutiny of the kingdom’s human rights record following a global outcry over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and it follows the release last week of others including businessman Amr Dabbagh.

Forbes has previously listed Amoudi as a multi-billionaire, but it is unclear if how much – if any – of his wealth the state has seized in exchange for his release, as has happened with others detained in the campaign ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


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