Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the detention of hundreds of government officials, including military and security officers, on charges involving bribery and exploiting public office, and said investigators would bring charges against them.
The Saudi Gazette reports the following are the major cases of corruption as per the investigations:
- Sixteen persons, including eight military officers – one of whom is a major general and others are retired military officers – were charged with misusing government contracts at the defense ministry and their involvement in bribery and money laundering crimes between 2005 and 2015.
- Twenty-one people, including two women and three expatriates, are involved in financial and administrative corruption crimes by misusing contracts at the General Directorate of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province
- Nine officials from Al-Maarif Private University in Riyadh and one of the municipalities, and a former employee of the Ministry of Education were involved in financial and administrative corruption cases as well as in violating regulations and instructions that resulted in severe damage to the university building causing deaths and injuries
- Abuse of power and accepting bribery by 14 persons, including three officers in the rank of colonel and four employees of various sectors of the Ministry of Interior in the Eastern Province.
- Abuse of power and accepting bribery by 15 persons, including a major general and brigadier general, in one of the Ministry of the Interior sectors.
- Arrest of a judge red-handed while accepting a sum of money in bribery, and another judge abused his office by accepting money in bribery and these were after completing the procedures for arrest by the Supreme Judiciary Council in accordance with Article 68 of the judicial law.
- Arrest of an officer with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Ministry of Defense sector for abuse of power with accepting a sum of money in bribery.
In the latest crackdown on corruption, 674 people have been rounded up and 298 of them have been charged and arrested, #SaudiArabia’s Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) said https://t.co/dOPkqTNpBj— Saudi Gazette (@Saudi_Gazette) March 15, 2020
Saudi Arabia widens crackdown, detains 298 public officials https://t.co/Omh8CvI2i1— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) March 15, 2020