Nazaha uncovers SR2m graft in road project

Updated 04 April 2016

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 minister receives head of Iranian Hajj organization

Updated 40 min 51 sec ago

Saudi minister receives head of Iranian Hajj organization

  • A treaty was signed related to the arrival of Iranian pilgrims

MAKKAH: The Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Salih Bentin received today in his office in Makkah Ali Reza Rashidian, head of the Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization in Iran in preparation of the upcoming season.
The meeting was attended by Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat, deputy minister for Hajj and Umrah in the Kingdom, and a number of Saudi officials.
Bentin and Rashidian signed a treaty related to the arrival of Iranian pilgrims.
Bentin confirmed in a press conference “the keenness of the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide all necessary facilities for pilgrims coming from around the world.”
In addition, he expressed his thanks to Iranian pilgrims and their cooperation during the last Hajj season, and their dedication to their religious rituals, serenity and peace.
Rashidian expressed his thanks for the reception and hospitality, and expressed his best wishes for the success of the upcoming Hajj season, as was the case in previous years.