Saudi Arabia clamps down on corruption

The anti-corruption authority identified 105 cases, including a doctor who admitted a woman without Covid-19 to a quarantine facility to be with family members

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017 file photo released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks at a meeting of the Islamic Military Counterterrorism Alliance in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018,  from the luxury hotel where he has been held since November, according to three of his associates, marking the end of a chapter in a wide-reaching anti-corruption probe that has been shrouded in secrecy and intrigue. The prince, 62, had been the most well-known and prominent detainee held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, since Nov. 4, when his much younger cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the surprise raids against prominent princes, businessmen, ministers and military officers.(Saudi Press Agency via AP)

Saudi Arabia's control and anti-corruption authority has launched a major campaign to clamp down on graft, identifying 105 cases that included a doctor who admitted a woman without Covid-19 to a quarantine facility to be with family members.

The doctor was arrested for having violated the pandemic preventive systems for allowing the women to enter the facility, and for then smuggling her family home before they had fully recovered from the virus.

A businessman who owns a hospital in an unspecified governorate was also arrested for fraud after what Saudi Press Agency called "providing unwarranted Covid-19 relief assistance amounting to 1.5 million riyals to workers in the private sector".

A brigadier general in the police was arrested for exploiting his influence by using official vehicle to facilitate the passage of a private vehicle through security checkpoints during the curfew.

Another police officer was arrested for requesting a bribe from foreign residents to clear their curfew violations.

In other financially-driven crimes, three employees of the Saudi Electricity Company were arrested on charges of obtaining financial bribes amounting to 535,000 euros from a French company to help with money laundering. One of them also got a bribe of 800,000 riyals from suppliers inside the kingdom in exchange for awarding supply contracts in their favour from the Saudi Electricity Company.

An employee from the Ministry of Education was arrested for duping citizens into believing he could help them get jobs in return for bribes.

The head of the criminal investigation unit in one of the police departments, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, was arrested for exploiting his position by releasing four migrants and stopping an order to search them in exchange for obtaining smart phone devices as a bribe.

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