By Gavin Gibbon
Offences ranged from inflating the price of hotel rooms to counterfeiting roaming permits
A number of senior Saudi officials have been arrested on corruptions charges, attempting to profit from the current coronavirus pandemic.
Two senior officials in the kingdom’s health authority have been caught inflating the price of hotel rooms in Riyadh, which are being used to quarantine individuals returning to Saudi Arabia from overseas.
According to the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), the two were acting alongside six others, including the owner of a hotel.
A senior official at the Ministry of Tourism was also arrested on a similar charge after exaggerating the price of accommodation to the Ministry of Health.
A statement on the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) website said: “The investigation ended with his admission of his violation and wasting public money, and work is underway to complete the necessary procedures of those involved to refer them to the court.”
The authority also worked with police to break up a counterfeit permit scheme involving a member of the military working in the Ministry of Interior who acted with a relative in the Ministry of Health.
According to the report, the expatriates counterfeited 31 roaming permits during the curfew period and sold them for a total of SAR93,000.
The authority said the various acts “does not represent the entity in any way, and it will continue to exercise its jurisdiction according to the rule of law, and the application of regulations against everyone who wastes public funds or violates the duties of their job stipulated by law”.