Saudi Arabia Establishes Departments to Deal with Corruption Cases

Saudi Arabia Establishes Departments to Deal with Corruption Cases

Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 07:15
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrives to attend Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Jeddah - Asma Al-Ghabiri
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has approved the creation of specialized departments in the Public Prosecutor’s Office to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption.
 
Public Prosecutor Sheikh Saud al-Moajab said that the royal approval of the creation of these departments “comes within the framework of King Salman’s keenness to combat corruption in all its forms in order to protect the country and its capabilities, maintain public funds and preserve the integrity of public functions.”
 
Moajab noted that prior to the decision to establish the departments, the Public Prosecution was dealing with corruption cases through the department of the crimes of public employment.
 
The royal decision was announced on Sunday in a report published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
 
Meanwhile, under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NAZAHA) will organize the third international integrity conference entitled “Protecting Integrity and Combating Corruption in Privatization Programs”, on April 4-5, 2018 in Riyadh.
 
Local and foreign experts will take part in several sessions and workshops on the protection of integrity and fighting corruption in privatization programs.
 
Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Muhaisen, president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), said that the conference was part of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to protect integrity and fight corruption at the local and international levels, in line with its Vision 2030 and its keenness on contributing to the international community’s efforts to preserve integrity and fight corruption.
 
Commenting on the Saudi decision to establish anti-corruption units with the Public Prosecution, Lawyer Youssef Al-Arfaj told Asharq Al-Awsat that the presence of employees specialized in corruption cases would promote the capabilities and enhance the investigations into corruption files.
 
Legal Advisor Suhaib Kurdi stressed that Saudi Arabia has witnessed a series of rapid and successive reforms to root out corruption and to protect transparency.

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