Saudi Attorney General: Defense Ministry Official Arrested in Financial Scam

Saudi Attorney General: Defense Ministry Official Arrested in Financial Scam

Wednesday, 11 July, 2018 - 10:00
Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Muajab. (SPA)
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi Arabia has arrested a defense ministry official on charges of receiving a $267,000 bribe (SR1 million).

“The official sought to facilitate irregular procedures for the disbursement of financial dues to a company, taking advantage of his professional influence,” a statement quoted Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Muajab as saying.

It added that the official admitted to the crime of bribery and the involvement of two others in the same case, who were also arrested.

The Ministry of Defense alerted pertinent security authorities of their suspicions over the official being involved in illicit deals with a commercial firm and that he was abusing his position.

After completing investigations, security agencies confirmed that the executive was trying to facilitate illegal procedures to pay the company, committing an abuse of power.

The authorities then arrested the official, who was caught red handed with SR1 million in cash.

Muajab said his action violation Sahria law and he will be punished.

The Attorney General’s office stressed that it is keen to take all measures to protect the nation’s resources and gains, pursue whoever is tempted to embezzle public funds, abuse their power and violate their integrity in a public post — especially those who are deigns to exploit their public post by letting their personal interests outweigh the religious, moral or national deterrent.

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