Saudi defence official arrested on bribery charge

Saudi Arabia has arrested a defence ministry official on charges of receiving a SAR1m ($267,000) bribe and abusing his position, the SPA state news agency bass confirmed.

“The official sought to facilitate irregular procedures for the disbursement of financial dues to a company, taking advantage of his professional influence,” a statement quoted Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mujib as saying.

It added that the official admitted the crime of bribery and the involvement of two others in the same case, who were also arrested. No names were given.

Last November, authorities detained hundreds of top businessmen and royals in November and held them for months at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton Hotel in a sweeping anti-corruption investigation.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who also serves as defence minister, told a U.S. newspaper in February the purge was like chemotherapy of “the cancer of corruption”.

With acknowledgments to SPA and Gulf Business

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