Riyadh (Agencies): Saudi authorities on Tuesday freed Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a contender to the throne, more than three weeks after he was detained in a sweeping royal purge , local media reported.
Separately, Nouf bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud, a royal family member, posted a picture of Prince Miteb on a verified Twitter account with the message: "Praise be to Allah. Peace be upon you, Abu Abdullah".
The tweet did not confirm whether the prince had been released.
Before his arrest the 64-year-old son of the late king Abdullah was sacked as the head of the Saudi National Guard.
The internal security force has long been seen as a locus of tribal power and a stronghold of king Abdullah's family.