|13 February, 2020

386 to be tried for alleged embezzlement of $45.33mln in Saudi Arabia

The charges against them include crimes of bribery, embezzlement, inappropriate use of public wealth, and abuse of power and administration.

Saudi men walk outside the General Court in Riyadh, July 24, 2018. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Saudi men walk outside the General Court in Riyadh, July 24, 2018. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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RIYADH — The Control and Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) announced that it would refer to the special court the cases of 386 persons who are accused of financial and administrative corruption.

The charges against them include crimes of bribery, embezzlement, inappropriate use of public wealth, and abuse of power and administration. During investigations, the defendants confessed to their involvement of financial malpractices amounting to a total of SR170 million.

Nazaha said in a statement on Wednesday that charges were framed against the defendants from among a total of 1,294 people who were interrogated during the criminal investigation period.

It had conducted an administrative investigation into the charges against 475 employees in connection with dereliction of duty while holding public offices.

The statement added that Nazaha had initiated procedures on a number of disciplinary and criminal cases that fall within its jurisdiction since the issuance of the royal order to approve organizational and structural procedures related to combating financial and administrative corruption.

Nazaha confirmed that it is proceeding with the implementation of its powers in accordance with the principle of the rule of law and the application of regulations against anyone who misuses public funds or accused of breach of duties established by the rule of the law.

 

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