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Saudi Arabia Continues to Exert Anti-corruption Efforts

Saudi Arabia Continues to Exert Anti-corruption Efforts

Friday, 24 July, 2020 - 07:45
Riyadh – Ouhoud Mufreh

Saudi Arabia continues to fight corruption in all major and minor circles as part of its efforts to strengthen and achieve the pillars of Kingdom Vision 2030. It also continues to publish the results of this fight monthly through the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha).

Vision 2030 and its pillars stipulate that corruption is destroyed in all its forms and that all individuals involved in financial and administrative corruption cases be held accountable. A commitment to transparency and integrity has been undertaken by Nazaha.

Countering corruption in the Kingdom has culminated with the return of billions of riyals to the state’s public treasury and the referral of a host of corrupt individuals to public prosecution for trial.

Saudi Arabia’s pursuit of international cooperation on anti-corruption challenges lies in continuing to emphasize the importance of confronting it and raising the level of accountability and integrity, which came after the announcement issued by Nazaha last February, which was welcomed by the G20.

Saudi Arabia is the 51 least corrupt nation out of 180 countries, according to the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International.

Saudi counter-corruption efforts were further bolstered in November 2017 after a royal decree warranted the establishment of a supreme committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The committee was later restructured in 2019 to follow up issues pertaining to public funds and corruption cases.

The committee’s role is to set up an inventory of violations, crimes, individuals and entities that are connected to corruption cases. It sets up an investigation and then presents a detailed report to the Saudi King.

The committee had reopened investigations into the Jeddah flashfloods, which took place in November 2009 which led to the death of 116 and the disappearance of over 350 individuals.

Saudi newspapers dealt with the flashfloods as an important local corruption case. The committee accused, in this case, over 320 individuals who were involved.

More so, the committee continued its work to publish a list directed to dozens of Saudi princes, officials and businessmen accused of many cases including bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and the exploitation of influence.

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