In an interview broadcasted by Al Arabiya channel on May this year Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that “we grew apprehensive of corruption cases; anyone who is guilty will be punished”
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asserted that “no one is above the law whether it is a prince or a minister.”
On Saturday, November 4, King Salman issued a Royal Decree creating an anti-corruption committee chaired by the Crown Prince with the membership of the Chairman of the Monitoring and Investigation Commission, Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Authority, Chief of the General Audit Bureau, Attorney General and Head of State Security.
Eleven princes, four sitting ministers and ‘tens’ of former ministers were immediately arrested on orders from the new committee on Saturday evening according to sources.
The committee announced that it is reopening the file of the 2009 Jeddah floods and investigating the 2012 Corona virus issue also known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus.
King Salman said in his decree that in view of what was noticed of exploitation by some to illicitly accrue money the committee was formed to eliminate the issue.