18 people jailed, fined for corruption in Saudi Arabia

The pubic prosecution office gave employees working for him who were involved in these acts jail sentences and fines. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2019

18 people jailed, fined for corruption in Saudi Arabia

  • A businessman was accused of bribing public employees and forging documents

RIYADH: The Saudi public prosecution office gave 18 people prison sentences totaling 55 years, and fines totaling more than SR4 million ($1.06 million), for corruption.
The defendants included officials, employees and corporate entities. One official was accused of receiving bribes from businessmen, breaching his duties, violating professional integrity, and exploiting his influence to allow corruption and forgery.
He was sentenced to 16 years in prison and financial penalties. Employees working for him also exploited their positions for personal favors, and were sentenced to imprisonment, fines and confiscation of money.
A businessman was accused of bribing public employees and forging documents. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison and financial penalties.
The pubic prosecution office gave employees working for him who were involved in these acts jail sentences and fines.
The office also fined corporate entities and deprived them of their right to contract with public authorities for a limited period. It said eradicating corruption is a national priority.


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.