For years, Saudis have complained of rampant corruption and misuse of public funds by top officials in a system where nepotism is also widespread.
Similarly, Prince Miteb followed in his father’s footsteps.
King Abdullah had been head of the national guard, transforming it into a powerful force that protects the ruling family and key border posts, as well as Islam’s holiest sites.
King Salman had once been in charge of the defence ministry but gave that portfolio to MBS.
The king’s brother, Prince Nayef, was interior minister overseeing domestic security, but his son, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, later assumed control of the ministry.
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been convicted over her role in a controversial €400m (£355m) payment to a businessman.
French judges found Ms Lagarde guilty of negligence for failing to challenge the state arbitration payout to the friend of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.Her lawyer said immediately after the ruling that his team would look into appealing the decision.On Friday she told the court: “These five days [of trial] put an end to a five-year ordeal for my partner, my sons, my brothers, who are here in this courtroom.The guard also keeps Saudi Arabia’s many tribes in lockstep through an ancient system of patronage. Prince Miteb was removed as head of the guard and allegedly detained.Months earlier, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was ousted from the line of succession and from his post as interior minister, making way for MBS to become crown prince.The 60-year-old, following a week-long trial in Paris, was not given any sentence and will not be punished.