Senior Saudi Arabian Prince Miteb bin Abdullah was released from custody Tuesday after being in detention for more than three weeks, a family member wrote on social media.
Abeer bint Khaled bin Abdullah, a royal family member, tweeted: “Almighty, thanks be to you… May God give you long life, long life full of health, and keep you for us.” The tweet contained a photo of Prince Miteb, Reuters reported.
Saudi officials did not immediately comment on Prince Miteb’s reported release.
Prince Miteb, who up until his detainment on Nov. 9 headed the country’s powerful National Guard, was taken into custody in an anti-corruption investigation.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered dozens of top princes and businessmen to be detained after investigators said they uncovered at least $100 billion in corruption. Officials believed the crown prince ordered the detentions in order to bolster his power, The New York Times reported.
Prince Miteb was considered a contender for the throne a few years ago and was believed to have opposed Prince Salman from becoming a crown prince.
Prince Miteb's detention stands out because he was the last remaining prince of his generation in a position of real power, which made him a potential obstacle to the throne for the crown prince.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.