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159 still held in Saudi anti-graft drive


Authorities in Saudi have detained 159 people as part of the anti-corruption inquiry, said Attorney General Shaikh Saudi Al-Muajab.

In a statement posted on the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) website, he said that most detainees facing corruption charges have agreed on a settlement, adding that the necessary arrangements are being made.

Al-Muji, also a member of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee which was set up by royal order, said that 320 have been subpoenaed since the 9th of November, based on the information provided by the detainees.

A number of suspects have been questioned by the Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee and referred to the Public Prosecution.

The Public Prosecution remanded “a limited number of detainees”, based on evidence, and released the others pending investigation.

The bank accounts of 376 individuals are frozen - all of whom are either detainees or linked to corruption allegations. 161 suspects have been released from custody.

The Attorney General affirmed that all assets or corporate entities of those detained, and any rights of any other parties related to such assets or corporate entities will not be affected or disrupted, and all measures to ensure the same have been taken.

The first phase of negotiations and settlements is expected to be completed within a few weeks, the attorney general said.

The Committee has followed internationally applied procedures by negotiating with the detainees and offering them a settlement that will facilitate recouping the State's funds and assets, and eliminate the need for a prolonged litigation.

During this period all detainees are allowed to contact whomever they wish to contact. No detainee will be pressured in any shape or form, and each detainee has the right to refuse to settle before the settlement agreement is signed.