Cab­i­net reshuf­fle, crack­down on cor­rup­tion in Saudi Ara­bia

The Miracle - - Middle East -

JEDDAH: King Sal­man an­nounced two key changes in the Saudi Cab­i­net and or­dered the for­ma­tion of a su­per com­mit­tee to com­bat cor­rup­tion. The com­mit­tee is to be headed by Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man. In its first de­ci­sion, the com­mit­tee or­dered the ar­rests of a num­ber of princes and big busi­ness­men for their in­volve­ment in cor­rup­tion in dif­fer­ent cases. The two key changes in the Cab­i­net were that of Na­tional Guard Min­is­ter Miteb bin Ab­dul­lah, who was re­placed by Prince Khaled bin Ayyaf, and Econ­omy Min­is­ter Adel Fakieh, who was re­placed by Mo­hammed Al-Tuwai­jri.

Com­man­der of the Navy, Ab­dul­lah AlSul­tan, was re­lieved of his po­si­tion and has been re­placed by Adm. Fa­had Al-Gho­faili. Be­sides the crown prince, the com­mit­tee com­prises heads of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (Nazaha), Pub­lic Se­cu­rity, Gen­eral Prose­cu­tor and the In­ves­ti­ga­tion Author­ity. The job of the new anti-cor­rup­tion com­mit­tee will be to “iden­tify of­fenses, crimes, per­sons and en­ti­ties in­volved in cases of pub­lic cor­rup­tion,” the royal de­cree said. The com­mit­tee is em­pow­ered to in­ves­ti­gate, is­sue ar­rest war­rants and travel bans, or­der fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure and the freez­ing of ac­counts and port­fo­lios, track funds and

as­sets and pre­vent their re­mit­tance or trans­fer by per­sons and en­ti­ties. “The com­mit­tee has the right to take any pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures it sees fit, un­til they are re­ferred to the in­ves­ti­gat­ing au­thor­i­ties or ju­di­cial bod­ies,” said the de­cree. “It may take what­ever mea­sures deemed nec­es­sary to deal with those in­volved in pub­lic cor­rup­tion cases and take what it con­sid­ers to be the right of per­sons, en­ti­ties, funds, fixed and mov­able as­sets, at home and abroad, re­turn funds to the state trea­sury and reg­is­ter prop­erty and as­sets in the name of state prop­erty.”

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