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Saudi corruption watchdog warns of action against false complaints

Warning comes amid claims of a backlog in cases and mounting paperwork

Saudi corruption watchdog warns of action against false complaints

Saudi’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has warned that action will be taken against complainants who make false allegations against government authorities and employees amid claims of a backlog in cases.

Legal experts say the judiciary and numerous other government authorities were suffering from a large number of unfounded corruption cases and complaints, the Saudi Gazette reported.

They pointed out that despite directives from the Council of Ministers and executive directives by the Ministry of Interior, judicial institutions and other government authorities did not handle them appropriately.

They said that these reports usually turned into long-winded cases involving a lot of paperwork.

A spokesman for Nazaha said it had received numerous false reports that aimed to harm government authorities and employees.

It said “a good percentage of these reports had been found to be untrue” and he had referred them to the respective governorates so they could take action against the complainants, he said.

Aql Al Bahili, a rights activist, told Al Riyadh daily that an increasing number of people were falling victim to miscarriages of justice when they were accused of corruption.

“Defending public funds and people’s interests should not cause grievances for others,” he was quoted as saying. “Attempts to stop the thefts should not lead us after some time to feel that there are victims of this regulation.

Majed Qaroub, a lawyer, said the judiciary and government authorities were suffering from a large number of questionable reports and complaints.

Richard 5 years ago

well that should make peope think twice about complaining.