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Saudi anti-corruption authority reveals details of recent cases

An official from Saudi Arabia’s Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority, also known as Nazaha, revealed on Sunday details of a number of recent criminal cases it recently investigated and prosecuted. (Supplied)

RIYADH: An official from Saudi Arabia’s Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority, also known as Nazaha, revealed on Sunday details of a number of recent criminal cases it recently investigated and prosecuted.

Outlining twenty of the most prominent corruption cases, the spokesman said legal procedures had been initiated against all perpetrators.

In one case, two Central Bank employees were arrested for receiving sums of money from a resident, who was also arrested, in exchange for depositing over SR7.3 million ($1.95 million), without verifying their source, into bank accounts belonging to commercial entities over a two-year period.

In another case, a security officer working at the General Department of Traffic was arrested for receiving SR387,000 from the owner of a public services office, who was also arrested, in exchange for illegally amending the essential data of a group of vehicles and trucks.

One of the cases also highlighted involved an employee working at a University Hospital in one of the regions who  was arrested for receiving SR100,000 from citizens in exchange for a promise to employ them at the university.

Nazaha has said it continues to work to identify and prosecute anyone involved in the embezzlement of public funds, abuse of power and position for personal gain, or otherwise harming the public interest.

It stressed that guilty parties can be pursued and held accountable even after retirement because there is no statute of limitations on such crimes.

Source: ARAB News

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