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Saudi Arabia convicts 24 gang members in $4.5 bln money laundering case

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Saudi Arabia has sentenced 24 gang members to 20 years in prison for laundering $4.5 billion, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.

The gang members, including Saudi nationals and expatriates, were also fined a total of $19.9 million and ordered to hand over all the money found at the crime scene – which is estimated to amount to billions of Saudi riyals.

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The Court of Appeal in Riyadh imposed a 20-year travel ban on the Saudi citizens who were convicted and ordered that the expats would be deported after they serve their prison sentences, according to SPA.

The court said that the group carried out their criminal operations within an organized framework, under the guise of commercial facilities that included factories, companies, institutions, and medical clinics.

The gang members took part in money laundering, collecting and depositing the money, as well as transferring the funds abroad to complete the operation, SPA said.

Saudi Arabia’s Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has continued to crackdown on crime in the Kingdom in recent months, including arresting dozens of people for money laundering, corruption, fraud, and bribery.

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