The unusual captivity of the richest man in the Middle East has come to a close.
Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal was freed Jan. 27, NPR reported. He'd been a prisoner in the five-star Ritz-Carlton Riyadh since Nov. 4, 2017, when Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidated power by having 11 princes and numerous government ministers seized.
These captives received better accommodations than a standard prison cell. The royal and non-royal prisoners were reportedly confined to the luxury hotel in the nation's capital.
The billionaire gave Reuters an interview in the suite where he'd been held for months. He said he was upset about the rumors that he was held in a standard jail and tortured. He said his arrest resulted through a "misunderstanding," and added that he spent his captivity watching the news, taking walks, swimming, and exercising.
"It's no problem at all," he said. "Everything's fine."
Here's a look at the luxury hotel before it was converted into a makeshift prison months ago: