Employees of 10 ministries among 298 arrested for corruption

Employees of 10 ministries among 298 arrested for corruption

Saudi Arabia’s anti-graft authority arrested a total of 298 people; citizens and expatriates, for their alleged involvement in corruption, on Sunday.

In a statement, the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) also said that the accused included employees of the ministries of defense; interior; health; justice; municipal and rural affairs and housing; Islamic affairs; education; human resources; and social development; energy and commerce; as well as the public prosecution.

The charges framed against them included bribery, abuse of power and forgery. They were arrested during as many as 340 inspection raids carried out by the Nazaha teams during the month of Dhul Qadah.

The arrest of the suspects was also after carrying out investigations into the alleged role of 999 people. Nazaha said that the legal procedures are complete prior to referring them to courts.

The commission also called on everyone to report, in the event of noticing any suspicious activities involving financial or administrative corruption; by contacting the toll free number 980 or website www.nazaha.gov.sa or email 980 @ nazaha.gov.sa or fax: 0114420057.