Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption body says accused stole more than $100 mln

According to the commission’s the accused were charged for “various financial and administrative corruption crimes represented in bribery, embezzlement, waste of public money, exploitation of position, and public office administrative misuse.” (Shutterstock)

Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption commission said on Sunday that an investigation into those accused of corruption seized more than $100 mln, according to a statement released.

The anti-corruption commission, formally known as the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority, said they heard statements from 674 people, out of whom 298 were charged and arrested.

According to the commission’s the accused were charged for “various financial and administrative corruption crimes represented in bribery, embezzlement, waste of public money, exploitation of position, and public office administrative misuse.”

The investigation found that 16 persons, including eight military officers – one of whom is a Major General and others who are retired military officers – were charged for misusing government contracts at the Kingdom’s Defense Ministry and their involvement in bribery and money laundering crimes between 2005 and 2015.

Twenty-one people were also found to have committed financial and administrative corruption crimes represented in the exploitation of contracts at the General Directorate of Health Affairs in the Kingdom’s Eastern Region, including two women and three residents.

Nine officials between al-Maarefa Private University in Riyadh region, one working in the municipality department, and a former employee at the Kingdom’s Ministry of Education were also found to have been involved in financial and administrative corruption cases. An investigation centered around the violations of regulations and instructions which resulted in a severe damage to one of the university’s buildings which resulted in injuries and deaths.

The commission also said that 14 persons – including three who are military officers at the rank of Colonel and four other employees from the sectors of the Ministry of Interior in the Eastern Region – were charged for abuse of power and bribery.

The commission also said that 14 persons – including three who are military officers at the rank of Colonel and four other employees from the sectors of the Ministry of Interior in the Eastern Region – were charged for abuse of power and bribery.

The commission’s investigation also led to the arrest of one judge who received a bribe, and another who misused his position and influence.
 

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