In a royal decree on Tuesday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud removed Prince Fahad bin Turki of his role as commander of joint forces in the Saudi-led coalition waging war against Yemen.
His son, Abdulaziz bin Fahad, was also relieved of his post as deputy governor of al-Jouf region.
According to the decree, the officials, along with four others, face an investigation into “suspicious financial dealings” at the defense ministry.
The decree said the crown prince — who also serves as the defense minister — designated Lieutenant Gen. Mutlaq bin Salem bin Mutlaq al-Azima to replace Prince Fahd.
The decree was based on bin Salman’s missive to the so-called Anti-Corruption Committee.
Prince Fahd was commander of the Royal Saudi Ground Forces, paratroopers units and special forces before becoming commander of joint forces in the Saudi-led coalition, according to Saudi daily Arab News.
Since rising to power on the back of a palace coup in 2017, bin Salman, who is considered Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler, has spearheaded a campaign against alleged corruption in the government.
The campaign, however, is widely believed to be aimed at getting rid of the obstacles to the prince's hold on power.