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Saudi Arabia vows to fight low-level corruption

The head of the kingdom's anti-corruption commission has been instructed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the campaign's progress each month

Saudi Arabia vows to fight low-level corruption
In early 2019, Saudi authorities announced an end to a high-profile anti-corruption probe that boosted state coffers by over $100 billion and saw dozens of princes, ministers and businessmen detained.

The newly-appointed head of Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption commission has vowed to focus on ending lower-level bureaucratic corruption following the kingdom’s previous campaign targeting princes and high-level businessmen.

In an interview with Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya TV, Mazen Al-Khamous said that he has been told to focus on corruption among government employees, and to follow up with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman each month.

“After the country largely rid itself of the big heads of corruption, I convey a stern warning from the Crown Prince, who instructed me that the coming period will be to eradicate corruption among mid- and low-level public servants.”

In early 2019, Saudi authorities announced an end to a high-profile anti-corruption probe that boosted state coffers by over $100 billion and saw dozens of princes, ministers and businessmen detained.

While critics labelled the anti-graft campaign a power grab against critics, Mohammed bin Salman insisted the purge targeted endemic corruption.