saudi arabia

  • Spain: Hefty Sentences Sought for Graft in Saudi Arms Deals

    Spanish prosecutors are seeking decades-long sentences for eight individuals suspected of having bribed Saudi officials to get contracts to export weapons, as part of an investigation into corruption that had been going on for 25 years, El Mundo reported.  

  • UK Attorney General Accused of Blocking Corruption Probe

    Two British anti-corruption watchdogs are calling on the UK’s attorney general to stop obstructing a bribery investigation involving an Airbus subsidiary and a defence contract with Saudi Arabia.

  • Pakistan’s Gov't, Broadsheet Compete for Avenfield Flats

    Pakistan could soon face a judge in Great Britain for not paying multimillion bills for an investigation into the UK-based property of its jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Guardian reported last week.

  • Saudi Arabia: Anti-Graft Campaign Moves from Top to Toes

    Saudi Arabia remains determined to fight corruption and will now target public servants, the new Anti-Corruption Commission chief, Mazen Al Khamous, announced to the mediaon Sunday. The kingdom’s controversial purge started in 2017, when authorities locked up hundreds of rich Saudis, including princes.

  • Sudan: Saudi Millions for Corrupt Ex President

    Sudanese authorities arrested Omar Al-Bashir’s former office manager on Sunday after the ex-president told the court during his corruption trial that he received some of the disputed money through him, local mediareported. 

  • Suspected War-Criminal, Sudanese ex-dictator is Tried for Corruption

    Sudanese former military dictator Omar al-Bashir appeared on Monday in front of judges accompanied by 95 lawyers who will be defending him from corruption charges, Al Jazeerareports. 

  • UN Investigator Calls Khashoggi Murder an International Crime

    The UN investigator assigned to review Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey held on Wednesday Saudi Arabia responsible for actions she called an ‘international crime’ and is expected to deliver her 100-page report to the UN next week.

  • Spanish Magistrate Accuses State-Owned Agency of Corruption

    A magistrate of the Spanish National Court has found evidence that scandal ridden state-owned company Defex, now in liquidation, allegedly engaged in corruption in the supply of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, implicating Saudi Arabian government officials.

  • Saudi Arabia Charges 126 with Corruption

    Saudi authorities charged 126 local government employees across the country with corruption, abuse of power and other crimes as part of a controversial anti-corruption campaign that started in 2017.

  • Saudi Arabia Strengthens Anti-Corruption Legislation

    In a continuation of its recent corruption sweep, Saudi Arabia amended an anti-corruption law on Tuesday, removing a 60-day statute of limitations for investigating allegations against current or former ministers, Reuters reported.

  • Saudi Defense Ministry Official Arrested for Bribery

    An official from the Saudi Arabian defense ministry was arrested Tuesday on charges of bribery along with two other unnamed individuals, Reuters reported.

  • Saudi Arabia Uses Counter-Terrorism to Justify Terror

    Saudi Arabia’s counter-terrorism measures are violating human rights and the kingdom’s legislation is criminalising peaceful expression of opinion, assembly and association, as well as freedom of thought and religion, a report by theUN’s special rapporteur on anti-terrorism says.

  • Saudi Prosecutor to Investigate Corruption Cases

    Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has begun investigating the wealth of princes, top officials and businessmen who were detained during the kingdom’s anti-corruption purge last year, Al Sharq Al Awsat reported on Sunday.

  • NYT: Saudi Corruption Crackdown Was Deadly

    A man died and sixteen others needed medical treatment after being abused during the controversial Saudi corruption crackdown, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

  • Saudi Arabia to Establish Anti-corruption Units

    Saudi Arabia is to establish specialised anti-corruption units to investigate embezzlement in the kingdom following the recent controversial crackdown that recouped more than US$1bn recouped from detained businessmen and politicians.

    800px-Riyadh Skyline showing the King Abdullah Financial District KAFD and the famous Kingdom Tower Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where the King Abdullah Financial District sits (Photo: Wikimedia)The decision was a result of the King’s “concern over combating corruption in all its forms aiming to protect the homeland and its resources, maintain public money and protect the integrity of the public employment,” according to a Saudi Press Agency statement.

    King Salman also announced that an anti-corruption conference will be held in April at which combating corruption in privatisation programs will be discussed, the Saudi government website reported.

    Saudi Arabia is understood to be close to entering a recession after the country spent a third of its reserves in the last three years following a drop in oil prices. Therefore, the kingdom is seeking to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on gas exports.

    Companies operating or planning to invest in Saudi Arabia face a high risk of corruption, claims a report by GAN Integrity, an agency that identifies corruption in business.

    Abuse of power, nepotism and the use of middlemen, wasta, to do business are common, it says, suggesting that business practices in Saudi Arabia need to fundamentally change if corruption is to be eradicated, particularly given the overlap between business and politics.

    Saudi Arabia detained hundreds of powerful businessmen and royals for several months in an anti-corruption probe in November. The majority of those held were freed after giving up large parts of their wealth to the government.

    Several dozen others, whose names have not been disclosed, remain in custody in a prison outside of the capital and may stand trial, although the allegations against them have not been made public.


  • Saudi Crown Prince: Corruption Purge Helps Balance Budget

    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, who spearheaded the kingdom’s controversial anti-corruption purge last November, compared the measure to chemotherapy since it was necessary to heal the country and help balance the budget, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

  • Saudi Arabia: US$100bn Recovered From Corruption Probe

    Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb announced on Tuesday the end of a three-month corruption probe which yielded US$100 billion in recuperated capital and resulted in 56 royal family members being jailed, the Guardian reported.

  • Saudi Arabia Takes Corruption Crackdown Global

    Saudi Arabia is to seek the extradition of nationals abroad believed to have been involved in corruption, as the kingdom continues its unique anti-graft purge, Sabq reported on Thursday.

  • Saudi Prince Accused of Graft Pays US$ 1 Billion for Freedom

    Saudi prince Miteb bin Abdullah, former contender for the throne, paid more than US$ 1 billion to buy his way out of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh where he was being held as a corruption suspect, the BBC said Wednesday.

  • Saudi Officials Offer Detainees Freedom for Wealth

    Following a massive anti-corruption crackdown in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, the state is now offering freedom to the detained businessmen and politicians in exchange for a large portion of their wealth, in some cases 70 percent of it, the Middle East Monitor reported on Friday.


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