But extensive interviews with Saudi officials, members of the royal family, and relatives, advisers and associates of the detainees revealed a murkier, coercive operation, marked by cases of physical abuse, which transferred billions of dollars in private wealth to the crown prince's control.
Al-Abadi revealed the news saying: "I have received a phone call from the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul Aziz".
How a listing would be structured also remains under discussion.
"In addition to listing on Tadawul - the home exchange - a range of global options are being held under active review", an Aramco spokesman told AFP. Hong Kong and NY are also vying for the position. Princes who led military forces and appeared in glossy magazines are monitored by guards they do not command.
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The White House has also dispatched Vice President Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump Jr.to stump in the district. As a devout Catholic, he personally opposes abortion, though he said he respects that "choice is the law of the land".
Talking to the Speaker, the Imam expressed huge pleasure on his visit to Pakistan and said that people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have strong and eternal bonds.
"Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are like two bodies and one soul".
BAE chief executive Charles Woodburn said: "We are committed to supporting the Kingdom as it modernises the Saudi Armed Forces and develops key industrial capabilities critical to the delivery of Vision 2030". In the region, speculation has turned to a possible sale of a stake to a sovereign wealth fund, possibly the Chinese.
Saudi Arabian Oil Co, known as Saudi Aramco, was not immediately available for comment.
It's only in London, England, that Saudi dissident Ghanem al-Dosari dares to make videos satirizing the Saudi government. "We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the protection of Harmain Sharefain" the Speaker assured. Other than a domestic IPO, Aramco maybe considering a foreign floatation as well, and London is a candidate for that listing.