Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Corruption Authority opens coronavirus housing case

Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Corruption Authority opens coronavirus housing case
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Updated 20 April 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Corruption Authority opens coronavirus housing case

Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Corruption Authority opens coronavirus housing case
  • This case’s details rose when a military officer tried to exploit the permit granted to him, by virtue of his job, for financial compensation

RIYADH: Nazaha, the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority, has opened a financial and administrative corruption case involving two senior employees at the General Directorate of Health Affairs in the Riyadh region, a hotel owner and six other individuals.

An official source of “Nazaha” stated the nine violators are charged with exploitation the government’s expenditure to contain the COVID-19 crisis, and to provide adequate housing for repatriated citizens to spend their quarantine. They asked hotels for commissions, for the opportunity to sign a contract with the Ministry of Health, resulting in providing exaggerated prices for the services requested.

A senior official at the Ministry of Tourism also violated standard behavior by providing exaggerated prices to the Ministry of Health for the purpose of providing housing for repatriated citizens to spend their quarantine. The investigation ended with his admission of breaching his job duties and overspending public money.

The authority also began building a case, in coordination with the Riyadh Police, against an expatriate’s falsification of 31 travel permits for the curfew period and selling them at a total value of SR93,000 ($24,755.15).

This case’s details rose when a military officer tried to exploit the permit granted to him, by virtue of his job, for financial compensation. The officer cooperated with a relative working at the MOH and an expatriate to falsify the permits, while provide falsified claims that they were issued by the military sector for the purpose of selling them at SR3,000 ($798.55) each.

The authority emphasized that the violations made by any employee are individual actions and do do not reflect the authority in which they work in any way. It will continue to exercise its powers, in accordance with the principle of the supremacy of the law, and to apply regulations against anyone who illegally infringes public money or breaches his or her job duties established by law.


Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 16 January 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 5 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 356,541
  • A total of 6,318 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 5 deaths from COVID-19 and 140 new infections on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 58 were recorded in Riyadh, 28 in Makkah, 26 in the Eastern Province, 9 in Asir, 6 in Madinah, 2 in Najran and 1 in Jazan.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 356,541 after 159 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 6,318 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.