Saudi anti-graft authority initiates 158 criminal cases

Saudi anti-graft authority initiates 158 criminal cases
Saudi anti-graft authority initiates 158 criminal cases

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - RIYADH — An official source in the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority stated that the Authority initiated (158) criminal cases lately, (226) people were arrested and investigated with, and formal procedures against them are underway.

Most prominent of which were as follow:

First case: Based on the noble Royal Order No. (A / 7) dated 12/1/1442 (H) regarding the information available on suspicious financial deals at the Ministry of Defense, the Authority has started its investigations with (48) parties on this matter, including (19) employees of the Ministry of Defense, (3) government employees, (18) businessmen, and (8) employees of contracting companies with the joint forces, including (3) expats. It has been proven through investigation procedures that (44) officials, businessmen and employees of different nationalities have been involved in companies contracting with the joint forces involving in the crimes of forgery, squandering of public funds and exploiting the influence of the public office in illicit financial gain, as the total amounts obtained from them reached (1,229,400,000) one billion two hundred twenty nine million and four hundred thousand riyals, and procedure is underway to return the looted money to the state treasury.

Second case: the arrest of the Director of Quality Management in a municipality of one of the regions and his two brothers for facilitating the award of number of projects for a total amount of (170,000,000) one hundred and seventy million riyals for a businessman (a contractor working with the municipality), and obtaining in exchange an amount of (23,235,400) twenty three million two hundred and thirty five thousand and four hundred riyals (bribery).

Third case: the arrest of an employee in the 13 grade in the Ministry of Finance (financial representative) in one of the governorates for obtaining an amount of (100,000) one hundred thousand riyals (bribe) from one of the enterprises which has contracts with government entities for a total amount of (23,000,000) twenty three million riyals in exchange for overlooking some financial irregularities.

Fourth case: the arrest of a retired major general and (3) employees of one of the contracting companies with the Ministry of National Guard, as he received an amount of (8,200,000) eight million and two hundred thousand riyals (bribe) from the company's employees as separate payments "in cash and checks" in exchange for facilitating to the company to obtain projects in the ministry and disbursing its financial statements.

Fifth case: in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, the arrest of the Director of Contracts and Procurement Department in the Health Affairs in one of the governorates, red handed, upon payment of (70,000) seventy thousand riyals (bribe) to an employee in the Archives Department in the same entity in exchange for obtaining the patients' illegal paperwork and their financial compensations with the intention of concealing them.

Sixth case: the arrest of a female employee in the Education Directorate of one of the regions red handed while receiving a (20,000) riyal financial sum (bribe) in exchange of a promise to employ female citizens in a job in the same entity.

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 the accountability extends far beyond the retirement of any individual, as the crimes of financial and administrative corruption have no statute of limitations, and that it will apply what the law rules against the violators with zero tolerance.

It in addition notes that Article (16) of the Anti-Bribery Law exempts the bribe or mediator from the original and ancillary penalties if he/she informs the authorities of the crime before its discovery.

The Authority also appreciates the efforts of government entities in fighting financial and administrative corruption and the development of policies and procedures that promote speedy achievements which shut any inlets for corruption, and it commends the cooperation of those entities and the media on their effort in promoting integrity, transparency and fighting corruption, and it would like as well to thank the citizens and residents in reporting through its available channels, including the toll free number (980) for any practices involving financial or administrative corruption that would undermine the efforts of the government to support and promote the path of comprehensive development in light of Vision 2030.

It also extends its thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz - may Allah protect them - for the unlimited support to the Authority in order to exercise its jurisdiction and perform its tasks in fighting financial and administrative corruption in all its forms and manifestations.​

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