Palestinian billionaire Masri back in Amman after release in S.Arabia: family source

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Posted: Dec 19, 2017 5:14 AM

AMMAN (Reuters) - Palestinian billionaire Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman, arrived back in Amman on Tuesday, a family source said, after his release from detention in Saudi Arabia linked to a crackdown on the rich and powerful there.

Masri, chairman of Amman-based Arab Bank, Jordan's largest lender, was detained last week hours before he was planning to leave after chairing meetings of Saudi companies he owns, sources said.

Masri, a Saudi citizen, said from his home in Riyadh on Sunday after his release that the Saudi authorities had accorded him "all respect". [L8N1OH05J] The authorities have not commented on his detention. Jordanian authorities privately said King Abdullah intervened to secure his release.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; editing by Mark Heinrich)