Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption commission announces investigation results

Saudi men walk outside the General Court in Riyadh, July 24, 2018. (Reuters)
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Updated 15 March 2020

Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption commission announces investigation results

  • The commission revealed “a number of disciplinary and criminal cases”
  • The total sum of misused funds amounted to SR379 million

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's National Anti-Corruption Commission announced on Sunday the results of more than dozens of investigations .

The commission revealed “a number of disciplinary and criminal cases” after it conducted investigations with 219 employees “as a result of breaching public duties,” the commission said in a statement reported by SPA. 

It said it has carried out “criminal investigation procedures” during which it heard the statements of 674 individuals, 298 of them were arrested over accusations of of financial and administrative corruption, including bribery, embezzlement and waste of public funds. 

The total sum of misused funds amounted to SR379 million, and the cases will be referred to the relevant court.

Among the suspects involved in bribery and money laundering are eight army officers, one of whom is a major general, and retired officers who misused their government contracts at the Ministry of Defense to committing financial crimes.

Another 21, including two women and three residents, were involved in financial and administrative corruption crimes through the exploitation of contracts in the General Directorate of Health Affairs in the Eastern Region.

Some 15 people including a brigadier and brigadier general exploited theirs jobs in using bribery in one of the sectors of the interior ministry.

 


Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

  • A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money
  • The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption

RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors.
The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption.
A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests.
One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university.
The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility.
A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period.