The custodian of the two holy mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz receives Anti- corruption senior officials and activists from the public and private sectors on Wednesday 3/6/2015. His excellency the President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) Dr. Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Muhaisen said: “Since the unification of the Kingdom, the major goal of this nation, has been to fight corruption.”
Al-Muhaisen said King Abdulaziz sent out a message to citizens that if they do not lodge complaints about any corrupt official then it was like sinning against themselves. The founder had placed a complaints box at the gate of the Government House and kept the key so that citizens would not fear any repercussions from any rightful complaints targeting any official.
Al-Muhaisen said this message currently serves as a guiding light for Nazaha to learn from. He explained that Nazaha feels appreciative and proud to King Salman’s support for the organization’s activities, including efforts to revise regulations that would strengthen its mandate.
“In some countries the kings and heads of state have immunity from prosecution. But here any citizen can file lawsuits against the king, crown prince or any other member of the royal family,” said King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday, during this meeting. This was the foundation of the country over the years, from the time of Muhammad bin Saud, to Turki bin Abdullah, followed by “my father Abdulaziz, and then to Saud, Faisal, Khaled, Fahd and Abdullah, and the crown princes Sultan and Naif.”
King Salman said his father was once sued by a citizen. King Abdul Aziz insisted on letting the law take its course and appeared in court with the plaintiff, where they were treated as equals. The verdict was in favor of the king but he waived his rights. Sheikh Saad bin Atiq was the judge.
He said Allah would reward citizens who point out mistakes made by him, members of the government, or community. The public can lodge complaints face to face, on the telephone or in writing, he said.
“Thanks to Allah, our constitution is the Book of Allah, the Sunnah of His Messenger, and the example of the pious Khalifs. Thank God, our country is secure and stable, and any citizen can come address us by our first names, without any honorific title, just as citizens used to address our father,” the king said.
“I tell you, I repeat again that the pride, strength and responsibility of this country lie in the fact that it is the direction in which Muslims across the world pray, and the place where revelation was received by Muhammad (peace be upon him). It came in the Arabic language to an Arab prophet. Therefore we have the greatest responsibility in the entire world,” the king said.