Jail and fine sentenced to some accused of corruption in Saudi Arabia

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According to the information of the official Saudi agency SPA, an official of the Audit and Anti-Corruption Authority made a statement regarding the judicial process of a series of criminal cases launched recently.

It was noted that the Financial and Administrative Corruption Affairs Department of the Riyadh Criminal Court imposed prison sentences and fines on the defendants, including the governor and the judge, for corruption and fraud.

Although no information was given on the identity of those sentenced to prison, it was reported that one of the main suspects was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 300,000 riyals for having accepted bribes.

It was noted that a governor tried for corruption and fraud was sentenced to 3 years in prison and fined 25,000 rials.

In the news, it was reported that in the other 6 cases of fraud, corruption, money laundering and abuse of influence, 16 defendants, mostly state officials, were sentenced to 1.5 to 11 years in prison.

The Saudi Inspection and Anti-Corruption Institute announced on August 9 that investigations had been opened into 878 criminal and disciplinary cases such as corruption, bribery and abuse of public office between 11 July and August 9; announced the detention of 207 people, including officials from the ministries of the interior, foreign affairs, justice, health, education and commerce.

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In March 2018, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia approved the creation of special departments to investigate cases of corruption and examine allegations.

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