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The Control and Anti-Corruption Authority initiates a number of disciplinary and criminal cases

3/15/2020

Following up to what has previously been published, the Authority has initiated an investigation in a number of disciplinary and criminal cases that fall within its jurisdiction, where it conducted an administrative investigation with (219) employees as a result of breaching their public office duties.  It has also initiated a criminal investigation procedures and hearing proceedings of 674 people, 298 of whom have been suspended -according to the criminal procedures law- and subsequently accused of  a various of financial and administrative corruption crimes represented in bribery, embezzlement, waste of public money, exploitation of position, and  public office administrative misuse. The total amount that the accused admitted to because of this investigation mounted to approximately (379) million Riyals, and procedures are underway for them to be referred to the competent court. 
Results of some of the investigations showed the following:
•The exploitation of (16) persons, including (8) military officers, one of them is a Major General and the others are retired military officers, for government contracts at the Ministry of Defense and their involvement in bribery and money laundering crimes for the period (2005 - 2015).
•(21) persons committed financial and administrative corruption crimes represented in the exploitation of contracts in the General Directorate of Health Affairs in the Eastern Region, including two women and (3) residents.
•(9) Officials between AlMaarefa private university in Riyadh region, one of the municipalities, and a former employee in the Ministry of education were involved in financial and administrative corruption cases, violating regulations and instructions, which resulted in a severe damage to the building of the university leading to injuries and deaths.
•Exploiting official position and bribery by (14) persons, including (3) of which are military officers at the rank of Colonel, and (4) other employees from the sectors of the Ministry of Interior in the Eastern Region.
•Exploiting official position and bribery by (15) persons, including a Major general and a Brigadier general in one of the sectors of the Ministry of Interior.
•Exploiting official position and bribery of a member of the judicial system to obtain sums of money.
•Arrest of a judge red handedly while receiving a sum of money (bribery) in violation of the duties of the public office, and another judge misusing his position and influence receiving money (bribery) after completing the procedures for arrest and detention from the Supreme Judicial Council in accordance with Article (68) of the judicial system.
•Arrest of a Lieutenant Colonel in one of the sectors of the Ministry of Defense red handedly while receiving a sum of money (bribery) in a breach of his job duties.
The Authority appreciates the positive role of their highnesses and excellencies the ministers in their continuous cooperation to achieve integrity and eliminate corruption in all its forms. The Authority restate the ability of the judicial system to fight corruption while preserving fair trial standards in a manner that achieves the elimination of this obstructive crime of development. It also will continuously work on the implementation of its powers in accordance with the principle of the rule of law, and the application of regulations to anyone who illegally infringes on public money or neglect their job duties that are stated by law. Noting that any violations or breaches of the employees' duties are inconsistent with the approach that the state institutions follow in providing services to citizens and residents with an administrative flexibility and procedural facilities that are in line with the regulations and law that meets the public interest and aspirations of our leadership.