Expats to be jailed only for serious crimes

Updated 09 September 2015
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Expats to be jailed only for serious crimes

JEDDAH: The Interior Ministry has announced that it would detain expatriates only for major offenses, with fines for those with petty violations.
Suleiman Al-Yahya, director of the Passport Department, said that there are procedures in place to ensure expats are fined immediately for minor infractions, a local publication reported on Tuesday.
During a meeting with directors of expat administrative departments in the Kingdom, he said specialized committees would determine whether expats should be detained or fined.
He said detention centers regularly release between 700 and 900 expats responsible for minor violations, such as failing to carry or renew their residence permits. Such violations are subject to financial penalties, he said.
Al-Yahya said the committees determine whether any expat arriving in the Kingdom is wanted by the police.
During the five-hour meeting, representatives discussed ways to improve their departments and processes.


KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board. (SPA)
Updated 19 February 2019
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KSA’s anti-graft agency Nazaha reports rise in corruption complaints

  • Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030

JEDDAH: Complaints to the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission, Nazaha, have risen by 50 percent in a single year amid increasing efforts to combat financial and administrative misconduct in the Kingdom.
Nazaha received 15,591 reports in 2018 compared with 10,402 the previous year, according to statistics released by the commission.
Financial and administrative corruption cases made up the bulk of the reports.
Nazaha has completed investigations into 59 percent of the complaints, with 4.4 percent referred to the Control and Investigation Board and 3.37 percent to the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security.
The commission’s smartphone app received 29 percent of the reports, followed by the website at 23.6 percent, while 19.2 percent of the complaints were made in person at Nazaha’s branches. AN Jeddah
Nazaha announced the statistics as part of the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Combating Corruption and Vision 2030.