Saudi at­tor­ney gen­eral says 56 graft sus­pects still held

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Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia - Saudi Ara­bian at­tor­ney gen­eral Sheikh Saud al Mo­jeb said on Tues­day that 56 cor­rup­tion sus­pects were still in cus­tody out of 381 high-pro­file fig­ures de­tained on graft al­le­ga­tions.

He said he has de­cided to re­lease all those proven not guilty and oth­ers who had agreed fi­nan­cial set­tle­ments with the gov­ern­ment af­ter ad­mit­ting to cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions. Mo­jeb also said that to­tal set­tle­ments with the sus­pects had topped SAR400bn in var­i­ous forms of as­sets in­clud­ing prop­erty, se­cu­ri­ties and cash.

“The to­tal num­ber of sub­poe­naed in­di­vid­u­als reached 381, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of whom were called to tes­tify or pro­vide ev­i­dence,” Mo­jeb said in a state­ment re­leased by the in­for­ma­tion min­istry.

Saudi au­thor­i­ties launched an un­prece­dented anti-cor­rup­tion drive in early Novem­ber and ar­rested hun­dreds of roy­als, busi­ness­men and of­fi­cials.

Mo­jeb said he has also de­cided to ‘keep in cus­tody those in­di­vid­u­als - 56 in to­tal - where the at­tor­ney gen­eral has re­fused to set­tle with them due to other pend­ing crim­i­nal cases’.

Sheikh Saud al Mo­jeb

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