The Control and Anti-Corruption Authority revealed SaudiSunday evening, March 14, 2021, the arrest of 241 citizens and residents, including employees in 5 ministries, on charges including “bribery and abuse of power.”
The authority, through its verified Twitter account, said that during the past month it had carried out 263 monitoring rounds, adding that it had investigated 757 accused in criminal and administrative cases.
The authority also indicated that the employees who were arrested work in the ministries of interior, health, municipal and rural affairs, housing, education, human resources and social development, the General Authority of Customs, and Saudi Post.
The arrested employees face accusations of being involved in receiving bribes, abuse of office influence, abuse of power, and fraud. The commission also indicated that the legal procedures are being completed in preparation for their referral to the judiciary.
In parallel, the Saudi Supervisory Authority called, on its website, to “report any suspicions of financial or administrative corruption through the means of receiving the reports that it announced, in order to protect and preserve public funds.”
In March 2018, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz issued a royal order approving the creation of specialized departments for corruption cases in the Public Prosecution, “within the framework of combating corruption in all its forms and forms, and preserving public funds.”
The body had Announced On October 31, 2020, a number of officials were arrested on charges of major corruption, including a judge, a former member of the Shura Council, and senior officers. She explained that she was working on 123 criminal cases, the most prominent of which was the suspension of one of Nazaha’s employees itself.
Since the establishment of the Saudi Supervisory Authority (Nazaha), it has conducted investigations with state employees and ordered the detention of a number of them, due to what it said were charges of financial and administrative corruption, which were represented in the crimes of bribery, embezzlement, waste of public money, and administrative misuse.
The commission was established in 2011, and it was granted powers to uncover corruption in all government institutions.