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Prince Turki Bin Nasser Bin Abdelaziz, former commander of the Dhahran Air Base during the 1990/91 Gulf War, Air Force deputy chief and overseer of the Al-Yamamah programme to buy Tornado jets from the UK, died in late January aged 72. The prince, a son-in-law of the late Crown Prince Sultan, became well known internationally following a series of articles in the mid-2000s by The Guardian and The Sunday Times newspapers which focused on allegations that the UK’s BAE Systems had operated a large slush fund to pay Saudi officials to smooth the path for big contracts.
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