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KSA Initiates Investigations, Pleadings in 'Corruption Cases'

KSA Initiates Investigations, Pleadings in 'Corruption Cases'

Sunday, 8 April, 2018 - 09:00
Saudi Arabia's Ritz-Carlton hotel that houses those detained in the corruption probe. PHOTO: AFP

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has begun investigations and opening arguments in the corruption cases of princes, top officials and businessmen.

Saud al-Hamad, deputy attorney general for investigations, told Al Sharq Al Awsat that whoever is charged will be referred to court for prosecution in cases related to money laundering or terrorism.

Hamad said some of those under investigation had failed to respect confidential agreements while others committed further, unspecified, offenses.

Hamad underscored the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Aziz and the Crown Prince on clearing corruption from the country, noting that the Kingdom, which is under major development steps within its Vision 2030, needed to be protected from corruption.

He further stressed the role of the citizen in fighting corruption and the importance of activating the role of all government agencies that deal with countering corruption and promoting integrity.

The anti-corruption campaign is part of Prince Mohammed’s push to transform an oil-dependent economy and rid the kingdom of corruption.

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