08/11/2021, 12.33
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MbS has some 207 more people arrested for corruption

The identity of detained government officials has not been disclosed. The kingdom's anti-corruption commission has investigated 460 people in all. Since 2017, the purge campaign of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has netted US$ 106 billion in assets.

 

Riyadh (AsiaNews/Agencies) – In Saudi Arabia, a new agency established by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) has arrested at least 207 people who worked for different government ministries. 

The kingdom's National Anti-Corruption Commission, known as Nazaha, announced the crackdown on Monday.

The detainees have not been named and it is not clear when the arrests took place, but they will stand trial on charges of corruption, abuse of authority, and fraud.

The Commission has been investigating at least 460 people in its latest anti-corruption purge. In April, the Commission said that an additional 176 people had been arrested for corruption.

In late 2017, the Saudi crown prince targeted more than 300 princes, public figures, and business people connected to the al-Saud royal family. 

That year, law enforcement arrested some of the country's most influential figures and held them for weeks at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. 

Many were later transferred to prison and reported physical abuse.

The purge campaign has allowed Mohammed bin Salman to consolidate his power and recover US$ 106 billion in assets.

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