Saudi attorney general says 56 graft suspects still held
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