Detained Jordanian billionaire businessman 'on way back to Amman' from Riyadh


Published: 2017-12-17 09:55

Last Updated: 2017-12-17 15:44

The Jordanian businessman was reportedly being held at the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. (
The Jordanian businessman was reportedly being held at the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. (
Roya News Source

The Jordanian billionaire businessman who was detained in Saudi Arabia last Tuesday is reportedly on his way back to Jordan, according to parliamentary sources.

The same sources confirmed that the businessman is returning to Amman on Sunday, but did not say what time he was expected to land.

However, the businessman told Reuters on Sunday that he will be returning to Amman after concluding his meetings in Saudi Arabia this week.

He added that he feels “happy to be free” and that Saudi Arabia “treated me with respect.”

The 80-year-old Chairman of Arab Bank and founder of Zara Investment Holding was held in the Saudi capital last week for questioning about “information related to corruption.”

Saudi’s King Salman had launched an anti-corruption investigation on November 4, 2017.

The businessman, who is of Palestinian origin and reportedly holds Saudi and Jordanian citizenships, was reportedly warned against visiting the Saudi capital following mass arrests of Saudi princes and businessmen on corruption charges in early November.

The Saudi royals are currently being held at the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, where the businessman was reportedly being detained, according to sources close to the businessman.

It appears that the number of detainees has been increasing since the initial arrests, while observers believe that more names are expected to join the list of detainees in the coming period.