Source: Saudi anti-corruption committee’s chapter is closed completely

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Saudi Arabia has announced that the work of the anti-corruption committee has been officially concluded. The committee managed to recover 400 billion Saudi Riyals ($107 billion) for the government during the anti-corruption sweep that started in 2017.

During the sweep, more than 381 individuals were subpoenaed for their connection with corruption charges, 230 of whom were found innocent and released, while 87 settled after confessing to their crimes, and the rest are being prosecuted.

A statement by the Saudi Royal Court said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman requested King Salman’s approval to conclude the committee’s tasks.

“Saudi Arabia seems to have wanted to announce the official conclusion of the committee’s work and close this chapter completely,” said a Saudi source knowledgeable of the committee’s work. “The directives received from (Saudi) King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were simple and they were to eradicate corruption but return the innocent and those who have reached a settlement to their old stature,” said the source.

“As such, anyone that was found innocent or who has confessed and settled was released, reintegrated into society, and reinstated to the positions they had prior to the investigation,” the source added.

The protection of Saudi Arabia’s future was at the core of the committee’s formation, “a successful vision 2030, which is set to propel Saudi into the future requires that it is protected from corruption, while working closely with everyone to achieve those goals,” the source concluded.

Saudi authorities rounded up dozens of people in November 2017 on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s orders amid a crackdown on corruption, with many confined and interrogated at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Most of them were released after being exonerated or reaching financial settlements with the government.

Last year, King Salman ordered the establishment of specialized departments in the public prosecutor’s office to accelerate the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases.

The public prosecutor said then that the campaign would work its way through lower-level offenses.

While the work of the anti-corruption committee has been concluded, work is still underway in Saudi Arabia to purge corruption with the suspension on Tuesday of 126 local government employees at municipalities across the kingdom on corruption charges.

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