Turki bin Nasser Al Saud

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Turki bin Nasser Al Saud
Head of Presidency of Meteorology and Environment
In office ? - 18 August 2013
Successor Abdulaziz bin Omar Al Jaser
Born (1948-04-14) 14 April 1948 (age 70)
Spouse Noura bint Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Full name
Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father Nasser bin Abdulaziz
Mother Muhdi bint Ahmed Al Sudairi
Religion Islam

Turki bin Nasser Al Saud (born 14 April 1948) is the former head of the presidency of meteorology and environment in Saudi Arabia and a member of House of Saud.

Early life and education[edit]

Turki bin Nasser was born on 14 April 1948.[1] He is the seventh son of Nasser bin Abdulaziz,[1] who was excluded from succession due to "dissolute" mores.[2] His mother is Muhdi bint Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Sudairi.[1][3] Turki's mother is aunt of the Sudairi brothers.[3]

Turki bin Nasser holds a master's degree in political science [4] Furthermore, he received various military courses in the United States and the United Kingdom and also, participated in six sessions of aviation courses in Saudi Arabia.[1]

Career[edit]

Turki bin Nasser was assigned as flying officer with rank of lieutenant at King Abdulaziz Air Base in 1966. He became acting commander at the Transitional Training Unit in 1975. He then served as a commander from 1976 to 1984 at three different units; namely, Thirteen Squadron (1976), 3rd Flying Wing (1978) and King Abdulaziz Air Base in the Eastern Region (1984).[1] From 1989 to 1994 he served as Al Yamamah project officer. Next, he became chief of air staff operations, peace shield project and peace hawk project in 1994.[1]

Prince Turki began to serve as deputy commander at the Royal Saudi Air Force in 1996. He was appointed special advisor to late Prince Sultan in 2000.[1] It is argued by the U.S. diplomatic documents that Turki bin Nasser did not try to hide his business activities when serving as a military officer and that Prince Mansour bin Bandar Al Saud was one of his business partners.[5]

After leaving air force Turki bin Nasser was made the head of the presidency of meteorology and environment, responsible for the protection of the environment and the conservation and development of natural resources in Saudi Arabia.[4] Prince Turki is also the chairman of the Saudi environmental society.[6] He is the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi charity association for autism in Jeddah. A new center, Prince Nasser bin Abdulaziz Center for autism, affiliated to Saudi charity association for autism, was opened in Riyadh in April 2012.[7] On 18 August 2013, a royal order was issued by King Abdullah to appoint Abdulaziz Al Jaser as head of presidency of meteorology and environment,[8] replacing Prince Turki bin Nasser in the post.[9]

Wealth[edit]

It is reported by The Guardian that Turki bin Nasser owns nearly 200 classic cars, a £20m private Boeing business jet, a large yacht, Sarah, a mansion in Beverly Hills and several houses in different cities such as Barcelona, Riyadh, Dharan and London. His London home is in Sussex Square, near Hyde Park.[10]

Membership[edit]

Turki bin Nasser is Godfather of Al Qadsieh Saudi club. He is also an honor member of Al Nasr Saudi club.[1] He is Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Arab Ministers, responsible for environment.[1][11] He is also a member of the board of governors of the Saudi Wildlife Commission.[12]

Controversy[edit]

It was reported that Turki bin Nasser had allegedly received most from BAE's £60 m slush fund. It was further stated that he received at least £1 bn through an anonymous offshore company, Poseidon that was linked to Lebanese politician Mohammad Safadi who has been finance minister of Lebanon since June 2011.[13] His name was linked with allegations of under-the-counter commission deals in the £50 bn al Yamamah contracts, which began under the administration of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.[14] Therefore, he became the center of the investigation carried out by the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office in 2005.[15]

Gardiner, the owner of a travel agency meeting the needs of BAE and its Saudi customers, declared that he had disbursed the money and much of it went to Turki bin Nasser, then-head of the Saudi Air Force and a major BAE customer. Other funds were also used indirectly for him, specifically for the honeymoon of Bandar bin Sultan’s daughter,[16] who formerly married to Prince Turki's son Faisal bin Turki. It is further argued that Prince Turki's daughter was given a wedding video whose production cost BAE almost 200,000 pounds.[15] One of the other allegations was that the wife of Prince Turki bin Nasser, Noura bint Sultan, was alleged to have received a 170,000 pound Rolls-Royce as a birthday present, flown out to Saudi Arabia in a cargo plane chartered by BAE.[15][17] Another was about the arrangement of a 2 million pound three-month holiday for him and his family.[15]

Arrest[edit]

On 4 November 2017, Turki bin Nasser Al Saud was arrested in Saudi Arabia in a "corruption crackdown" conducted by a new royal anti-corruption committee.[18][19][20][21] This was done on authority of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

Personal life[edit]

Turki bin Nasser is married to Noura bint Sultan (born 1948) who is the daughter of late Sultan bin Abdulaziz.[10][22][23]

His children are Faisal bin Turki, Abeer bint Turki, Areej bint Turki, Lamia bint Turki, Rima bint Turki, Abdullah bin Turki and Haifa bint Turki.[1] His daughter, Areej bint Turki, opened an iCafe, Areej art cafe, in Riyahd in late May 2012.[24]

Honors and awards[edit]

Turki bin Nasser has been awarded various national and international honors and awards, including the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud (First class), Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Pakistani Military Excellence Star Decoration, Order of Merit of the American Commander Rank (Medal of Merit), National Order of Merit (Commander rank) and the French Medal of Honor (Cavalryman rank).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Saudi Environmental Society. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  2. ^ Nabil Mouline (April–June 2012). "Power and generational transition in Saudi Arabia" (PDF). Critique Internationale. 46: 1–22. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b Joseph A. Kechichian (3 August 2001). Succession In Saudi Arabia. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-312-29962-0. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "H.R.H. Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Environmental Infrastructure Forum. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  5. ^ "The role of Saudi princes in uniform". Wikileaks. 27 May 1985. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Message from Turki bin Nasser" (PDF). Gulf Environment Forum. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Prince Salman to open Prince Nasser bin Abdulaziz Center for Autism". Saudi Press Agency (SPA). 16 April 2012. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  8. ^ "كلمة معالي الدكتور عبد العزيز بن عمر الجاسر الرئيس العام للأرصاد وحماية البيئة". Meteorology and Environment Society. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  9. ^ "الجاسر رئيساً عاماً للأرصاد وحماية البيئة وابن فويّز مستشاراً بإمارة الرياض". Al Riyadh. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Prince Turki: The man with everything". The Guardian. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Board of Trustees (2006-2008)". CEDARE. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Board of Governors". Saudi Wildlife Commission. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  13. ^ "BAE files". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  14. ^ David Leigh; Rob Evans (7 June 2007). "Prince Turki bin Nasser". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  15. ^ a b c d David Isenberg (6 October 2005). "Scandal sours Saudi arms deal". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  16. ^ Nelson D. Schwartz; Lowell Bergman (25 November 2007). "Payload: Taking Aim at Corporate Bribery". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  17. ^ "Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". APS Review Oil Market Trends. 24 October 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  18. ^ "Saudi Arabia princes detained, ministers dismissed". www.aljazeera.com.
  19. ^ Kalin, Stephen; Paul, Katie (2017-11-05). "Future Saudi king tightens grip on power with arrests including Prince Alwaleed". Reuters. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  20. ^ David, Javier E. (5 November 2017). "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown".
  21. ^ https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-princes-former-ministers-arrested-in-apparent-power-consolidation-1509837798 Saudi Princes, Former Ministers Arrested in Apparent Power Consolidation
  22. ^ "Family Tree of Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz". Datarabia. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  23. ^ Sabri Sharif (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. New Delhi: I. S. Publications. ISBN 81-901254-0-0.
  24. ^ "Areej Art Cafe opens in Riyadh". Arab News. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.