Forty-eight government officials and employees in Saudi Arabia have been charged with corruption, according to the Kingdom’s anti-graft authority.
The officials and employees worked for the ministries of defense, interior, justice, municipal and rural affairs and housing, education, and environment, water and agriculture, the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) said on Thursday.
Some also worked for the Presidency of State Security, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, and the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection.
The charges made against them include bribery, abuse of power and forgery, Nazaha said in a statement.
Seventeen other citizens and expatriates were also arrested for their involvement in corruption, the authority added.
Arrests followed thorough investigations into the alleged roles of 411 people in corruption.
Upon completion of legal procedures, the cases will then be referred to the courts, Nazaha said.
The anti-corruption body has cracked down on anyone exploiting the public office for personal gain, or harming the public interest in any way.
The Authority affirms on the continuation to pursue anyone who exploits the public office to achieve personal gain or harm the public interest in any way possible, and that it will apply what the law rules against the violators with zero tolerance.— Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (@nazaha_en) January 27, 2021
Nazaha issued several criminal cases against dozens of citizens and residents, including government employees, last month. The crimes included bribery, embezzlement of public funds, and fraud.