Saudi Arabia has converted another hotel into a prison as part of its corruption crackdown

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 11:37:26 PM. The Courtyard by Marriott is undergoing a similar transformation to Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton.
Share World Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on corruption is targeting so many individuals that the government has had to take control of another hotel, but one of lower quality, after it converted the five-star Riyadh Ritz-Carlton into a luxury prison earlier this week for the billionaires, princes, and officials implicated. A worker at the nearby four-star Courtyard by Marriott in the Saudi capital’s diplomatic quarter confirmed to Newsweek that Saudi authorities had commandeered the hotel for their own use, forcing guests to leave. “Unfortunately this month is completely fully booked,” the receptionist, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed, adding that December was unavailable too. An online search confirmed that a suite for December dates was unavailable. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now "The local higher authorities booked all the hotel,” she added. “We just received this order yesterday.” When asked if the complex was being used as a second luxury detention center for princes, ministers, billionaire businessmen and officials, the hotel worker was hesitant. “I don’t know,” she said, laughing at the question. “There is nothing sure about that.” She refused to comment on any individuals who had been arriving at the complex in the past 24 hours. The Courtyard by Marriott in Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter has been ordered fully booked by Saudi authorities amid a growing crackdown on allegedly corrupt officials and businessmen. Marriott...Read more
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