Riyadh: Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said the kingdom's anti-corruption crackdown is needed to meet budget targets, comparing the purge to chemotherapy in an interview with the Washington Post published on Wednesday.
"You have a body that has cancer everywhere, the cancer of corruption. You need to have chemo, the shock of chemo, or the cancer will eat the body," Prince Mohammed told the US newspaper.
"The corrupted were a minority, but the bad actors got more attention. It harmed the energy of the royal family," he said.
The attorney general has said 56 people remain in custody.