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Saudi Arabia Detains Over 200 Government Officials Over Corruption

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298 government officials have been detained in Saudi Arabia on charges involving bribery and exploiting public offices.

Saudi Arabia Detains Over 200 Government Officials Over Corruption
Saudi Arabia Detains Over 200 Government Officials Over Corruption

Among the government officials are military and security personnel.

The arrest was carried out by the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) who also said that investigators would bring charges against those currently held in custody.

Al Jazeera reported that in 2017, security forces arrested scores of princes and members of the kingdom’s political and business elite in what was billed as in an attempt to combat corruption among the higher echelons of the Saudi bureaucracy.

Those arrested were locked up for weeks in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, where some were reportedly physically mistreated.

According to experts, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the son of King Salman and heir to the throne, used the purge to remove people who could potentially pose a political threat.

The royal court said last year it was winding down that campaign after 15 months, but the authorities later said they would start going after graft by ordinary government employees.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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