Ritz in Riyadh Opens for Public

View shows the Ritz Carlton hotel's entrance gate in the diplomatic quarter of Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's corruption crackdown, where hundreds were detained in Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel for weeks, is over in some senses, but now the government is looking to collect on the deals made between the detained business leaders and officials.

The anti-corruption crackdown was headed by the ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, regarded as the future monarch of the desert kingdom.

"Based on our investigations over the past three years, we estimate that at least $100 billion Dollars has been misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades", Saudi Arabia's Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mujib said in a statement at the time.

Some critics have labelled Prince Mohammed's campaign a shakedown and power grab, but authorities insist the purge targeted endemic corruption as the country prepares for a post-oil era.

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Most of the detainees were released following financial settlements with the government. Late last month, he estimated that the value of those settlements had surpassed $100 billion "including real estate, commercial entities, securities, cash and other assets".

On Sunday, Reuters reports no trace of the hotel's prison past could be detected.

The opulent hotel, originally built for guests of the royal family, is a far cry from a gritty prison cell - boasting instead majestic suites and pastel-hued hallways awash with bronze statues and glittering chandeliers.

Late last month the Saudi prosecutor general's office declared more than $128bn had been recovered. It was unclear if the remaining suspects had been moved to a prison facility.

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