Saudi Arabia Sentences 5 Officials Accused of Corruption to Jail

Saturday, 16 November, 2019 - 10:30
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Friday that five officials accused of financial and administrative corruption have been given a 32-year collective prison sentence and were fined a total of SR9 million.

In a statement, the public prosecution’s office said that 300 items of evidence against the defendants were found and funds in their personal bank accounts were seized.

The statement added that one of the officials was accused of receiving bribes, committing forgery, and exploiting his position to achieve personal gain. He was given a 12-year sentence and fined more than SR1 million.

Another official was convicted of receiving and possessing funds collected from bribery and engaging in trade despite being a public official.

Charges against the defendants included wasting public funds, unjust enrichment and selling government property.

According to the demands of the Public Prosecution, the judicial verdicts also affected some commercial entities, which were fined and deprived of signing any contracts with any public authority for a period specified by the pertinent penal regulations.

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