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Saudi Arabia arrests defense official on bribery charges

/ 01:22 PM July 11, 2018

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.

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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.”

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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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