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Saudi Arabia detains 298 gov't employees in corruption probe

Total sum of misused funds amounted to $101m and those detained included retired defence ministry officers, Interior Ministry officials and two judges

Saudi Arabia detains 298 gov't employees in corruption probe
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Saudi authorities have detained 298 government employees, including military officers, and will indict them on crimes, including abuse of power, bribery, money laundering and corruption, according to an anti-corruption body called Nazaha.

The total sum of misused funds amounted to 379 million riyals ($101 million), Nazaha said in a series of tweets on Sunday. Those detained include retired defence ministry officers, Interior Ministry officials and two judges, it added.

Hundreds of royals and senior businessmen were arrested in November 2017 and locked up in Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel in a so-called corruption campaign that hurt business confidence in the kingdom.