Saudi Arabia arrests defence ministry official on bribery charges

Published: July 11, 2018 11:12:32 | Updated: July 11, 2018 17:45:41

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, March 22, 2018. AP photo.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say a Defence Ministry official has been arrested on suspicion of accepting over $260,000 in a bribe.

A report Tuesday night by the state-run Saudi Press Agency says the official and two others have been arrested over the bribe, which was worth 1 million Saudi riyals.

The report did not name those involved, though the statement from prosecutors described the bribery as being over a contract between the Defense Ministry and a commercial company.

The report quoted Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah al-Muajab calling the bribery plot a “betrayal of trust.”

Saudi Arabia under its assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been pursuing corruption cases, reports the Associated Press.

However, a prominent months-long corruption sweep late last year also saw the 32-year-old monarch further consolidate his power.

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