Nazaha uncovers SR2m graft in road project

Updated 04 April 2016
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Nazaha uncovers SR2m graft in road project

RIYADH: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has revealed administrative and financial irregularities of over SR2 million in a road construction project in Abha (Asir province).
Nazaha swung into action after receiving a tip-off from a citizen about the irregularities, Abdulrahman Al-Ajlan, the spokesman of the commission said.
An inquiry by Nazaha uncovered irregularities ranging from overestimation of the project cost to the amount of compensation paid to the property owners. The commission submitted its findings to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution and recommended action.
Al-Ajlan said the commission noticed various irregularities, such as tampering with the data. (Altering the dimensions of the land area in the sale deed of a citizen on July 27, 2010 contrary to the facts mentioned in the title issued in 1976.)
“The committee estimated the value of the expropriated property and found that it had been hiked to SR3,000 per square meter, compared to the purchase price from the citizen at SR65 per sq. meter” he said, adding that the figure had been inflated in the committee’s assessment.
The spokesman said the principle of transparency, protection of integrity in public dealings and combating corruption in all its forms as stipulated by the National Strategy for the Protection of Integrity and Anti-corruption had been flouted in the land transaction.


Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon.
The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites.
Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers and after the customs procedures were finalized and the passengers were processed, a bag containing 100,000 tablets was found.
“The narcotics were hidden in an artistic way and were placed inside the bag’s lining,” he said.
Qaisi also said the second attempt was thwarted in a similar way. The other bus was transporting 31 passengers, on which a total of 84,737 Captagon pills were seized.
Saudi Arabia usually witnesses a rise of smuggling attempts during the Umrah and Hajj seasons, as they are exploited by smugglers trying to transport narcotics and other contraband. 
Saudi Customs said it is exerting great efforts and working with all its human and technical capabilities to prevent the entry of illegal substances.