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Saudi Arabia detains 300 government employees over corruption charges


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

18th Mar, 2020. 01:46 pm
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Saudi Arabia detains 300 government employees over corruption charges

Saudi Arabia detained 298 government employees, including military officers.

According to Anti-corruption body Nazaha, the employees detained will be charged on crimes.

An announcement was published yesterday in which it was mentioned that the investors will bring charges against those currently held in prison.

Nazaha tweeted that 298 people have been arrested on crimes such as bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power involving a total of $101 million.

Earlier, Saudi King’s brother and two other senior royal officials have been arrested. The reason for the measure is unexplained.

Two of the royal officials were considered the most influential figures in Saudi Arabia.

US media reported that the arrests had happened on Friday (Yesterday).

People arrested are the king’s younger brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and a royal cousin, Prince Nawaf bin Nayef.

Mohammed bin Nayef was serving as an interior minister but Crown Prince removed him from his office and placed him under house arrest in 2017.

The step taken has been connected to Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

Note that Saudi Crown Prince had ordered the arrest of several Saudi royals, ministers, and businessmen in 2917. They were restricted to the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

Mohammad Bin Salman was named crown prince by his father in 2016. He is considered the de facto ruler of the kingdom.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz has relieved Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri from his post as Minister of Economy and planning.

According to the details Saudi King reshuffles his cabinet and appointed Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri as an adviser at the Royal Court.

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