Saudi Arabia sets up departments to investigate, prosecute corruption cases — royal decree
RIYADH: King Salman has approved a plan to create legal departments, under the authority of the attorney general’s office, specialized in curbing corruption.
They will undertake investigations and prosecutions in instances related to corruption lawsuits.
The king and crown prince are adamant about fighting corruption, said the attorney general, Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Muajab, adding that judicial experts at his office are highly proficient in conducting interrogations and prosecuting criminals.
The royal decision was announced on Sunday in a report on the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The report said the king’s decision came from “his 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.”
Commending the decision, Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Muhaisen, president of the National Anti-Corruption Committee (Nazaha), said: “This shows the interest and care of the leadership to facilitate all actions that lead to the achievement of the Kingdom’s goal of eradicating corruption and tracking and bringing corrupt people to justice, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”
Saudi Arabia’s position in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has continued to improve with the country jumping five places in the index.
In total, 180 countries were ranked on the basis of a number of best practice indicators, including international standards linked to business ethics.
Saudi Arabia jumped to 57 in 2017 from 62 in the previous year.
According to data released by the global anti-corruption organization, KSA’s overall score was 49 out of 100. Among Arab countries, Saudi Arabia improved its ranking to third in the region, with a higher score than the regional average of 33.
Source: Saudi Arabia
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