Saudi law chief: 200 probed in £76bn cor­rup­tion scan­dal

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW GRE­GORY Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

SAUDI Ara­bia’s anti-cor­rup­tion probe has re­vealed £76bil­lion was em­bez­zled, the coun­try’s top lawyer said.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Sheikh Saud al-mo­jeb said 200 peo­ple, be­lieved to in­clude se­nior princes, min­is­ters and in­flu­en­tial busi­ness­men, were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

He added: “The ev­i­dence for this wrong­do­ing is very strong.”

“Based on our in­ves­ti­ga­tions over three years, we es­ti­mate at least $100bil­lion has been mis­used through sys­tem­atic cor­rup­tion and em­bez­zle­ment over sev­eral decades.”

Sheikh al-mo­jeb said bank ac­counts of “per­sons of in­ter­est” had been sus­pended on Tues­day.

But he would not name those un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He said that was “to en­sure the in­di­vid­u­als con­tinue to en­joy the full le­gal rights af­forded to them un­der Saudi law”.

IN­QUIRY Al-mo­jeb

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