In Saudi Corruption Crackdown, Big Targets Are Going Free

26 Dec 2017   Saudi Arabia

Former Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf, shown in 2013, was among those released in the past week. The Saudi government in recent days has released at least two dozen high-profile suspects held in a wide-ranging crackdown on corruption , a sign that those accused of illegally amassing wealth are increasingly agreeing to settle as authorities push to expedite the investigation process. Among those released in the past week is Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister and board member of the state oil giant Saudi Aramco, who was accused of embezzlement related to the expansion of Mecca’s Grand Mosque and taking advantage of his position, people familiar with the matter said Sunday. Others released include former assistant minister of finance Mohammed bin Homoud Al Mazyed, Saoud al-Daweesh, former chief executive of Saudi Telecom, Prince Turki bin Khalid, and Mohy Saleh Kamel, a businessman, the people said. None of the suspects […]

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