Saudi anti-corruption body finds irregularities in hiring of minister’s son

The National Anti-Corruption Commission main office in Riyadh. (SPA file photo)
Updated 28 November 2016
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Saudi anti-corruption body finds irregularities in hiring of minister’s son

JEDDAH: The National Anti-Corruption Commission, popularly known as Nazaha, has discovered irregularities in the appointment of a Cabinet minister’s son.
The commission has submitted its findings to the Royal Court.
The investigation was launched following complaints on social media alleging corruption in the hiring of the son of the minister of civil service.
The complainants alleged abuse of power on the part of the minister in having his son hired by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
In a statement on Sunday, Nazaha said its findings indicated that the Municipal and Rural Affairs Ministry had failed to abide by royal orders to attract and hire talented people.
“With regard to the appointment of the minister’s son, the anti-corruption body has found that the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs did sign a contract with the person concerned, but failed to abide by some of the control and regulatory conditions set out in Royal Order No. 34807,” the statement said.
The irregularities included the failure of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to coordinate with the Ministry of Civil Service to determine the salary and to ensure proportionality with professional expertise and specialization. 
The salary should be according to corresponding remuneration in the job market. In addition, the procedures for medical examinations were not completed and there was a failure to comply with the specified age for hiring which is at least 33.
According to what has been monitored by the body on social media, and the information available to Nazaha, the commission expanded the scope of investigation to include other contracts implemented by several ministries. It has found that 10 ministries have failed to abide by one or more of the regulatory controls and conditions for hiring.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.