Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption commission announces investigation results

15/03/20

  • 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.

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Saudi Arabia to participate in anti-corruption conference in Rabat

Time: 05 January, 2020

Saudi Arabia joined the Arab Anti-Corruption Convention in 2012. (SPA)
  • The conference will discuss a number of important topics, including the implementation of the Arab Anti-Corruption Convention

RIYADH: The Kingdom is taking part in an anti-corruption conference in Morocco, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Mazen bin Ibrahim Al-Khamous, will head Saudi Arabia’s delegation at the two-day Conference of the States Parties to the Arab Anti-Corruption Convention in Rabat from Jan. 7.
The conference will discuss a number of important topics, including the implementation of the Arab Anti-Corruption Convention, follow-ups to the previous meeting, reports and recommendations.
A set of resolutions proposed by member states will be presented to the conference for approval. The conference will elect the president of the third session and, also on the agenda, is the Kingdom’s invitation to hold the next session in Riyadh in 2022.
The Kingdom joined the Arab Anti-Corruption Convention in 2012. It contains provisions concerning preventive measures to prevent corruption, to determine the criminal acts as stipulated therein and to recover assets.
It also seeks to activate measures aimed at preventing, combating, and exposing corruption in all its forms, as well as all related crimes, prosecuting perpetrators and enhancing Arab cooperation.

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