the Saudi billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal from within the Ritz the Saudi billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal from within the Ritz
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The first exclusive statement by the Saudi billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal from within the Ritz

Saudi Arabia, Businessmen, Reuters The first exclusive statement by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained in the kingdom's crackdown on corruption, appeared at his suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, where authorities have been holding him for more than two months with dozens of other suspects.

Alwaleed bin Talal said he expected the innocence of any wrongdoing and his release within days, adding that he expected to retain full control over his companies without demanding that he relinquish any assets to the government.

He also confirmed that he was being treated well during his detention, describing the rumors of his abuse as a lie.

He explained that one of the reasons for agreeing to conduct the interview is to refute such rumors, referring to the amenities of a private office and dining room and kitchen in the hotel wing where is stored his favorite vegetarian meals.

At one corner of his office he put on a pair of sneakers, according to the agency, which he said he used to exercise. The television showed corporate news programs and a copy of his photograph on his desk.

Prince Alwaleed said his case was taking a long time because he was determined to clear his case completely but he believed the case was over 95 percent. "There is a misunderstanding and it is being clarified. So I want to stay here until this is over and I'm out and going on. "

He said he intended to continue living in Saudi Arabia after his release.

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