Saudis say most detained in anti-graft sweep have settled

07 Décembre, 2017, 02:36 | Auteur: Yves Courtet

Riyadh says most detainees held as part of the anti-corruption drive launched on 4 November have agreed to a settlement.

The 65-year-old son of the late King Abdullah was the most politically influential royal detained under the orders of a newly formed anti-corruption committee headed by his 32-year-old cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Most of those who have been confronted with corruption charges against them by the committee have agreed to a settlement and the necessary procedures are being completed", the statement said.

A total of 320 people had been subpoenaed to provide information about alleged graft while 159 remain in detention and "a number" of them have been referred for judicial action, he further said.

"Based on evidence", the statement read, "the Public Prosecutor's Office made a decision to continue detaining a limited number of individuals and release the remaining individuals".

Saudi Arabia's attorney general has released a statement on his committee's finding regarding a recent probe into corruption in the kingdom.

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The committee has followed internationally applied procedures, Al-Mujib said, and offered detainees the chance to agree to a settlement recouping the State's funds and assets, thus eliminating the need for prolonged litigation.

It should be noted that all detainees are free to communicate with whoever they wish at this stage, that they are not being coerced in anyway, and have the right to reject the settlement at any time before signing.

The attorney general also emphasised that the investigations will not affect businesses owned by the detained individuals.

Those who denied the allegations or refused settlements face prosecution.

The Public Prosecutor's Office also decides on an appropriate detention period for each individual - if the evidence warrants detention - as their case is investigated. They can be held for up to six months with the possibility of court-ordered extension. If there is not, the individual is released. "As a precautionary measure, the bank accounts of 376 individuals are frozen, all of whom are either detainees" or are linked to those held, he said.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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