Saudi Arabia arrests defense official on bribery charges
RIYADH — Saudi Arabia authorities said a Defense Ministry official has been arrested on suspicion of accepting over $260,000 in bribe.
A report on Tuesday night by the state-run Saudi Press Agency said the official and two others have been arrested over the bribe, which was worth 1 million Saudi riyals.
The report did not name those involved, though the statement from prosecutors described the bribery as being over a contract between the Defense Ministry and a commercial company.
The report quoted Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah al-Muajab calling the bribery plot a “betrayal of trust.”
Saudi Arabia under its assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been pursuing corruption cases. However, a prominent monthslong corruption sweep late last year also saw the 32-year-old monarch further consolidate his power. /kga
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