Saudi Arabia has convicted 18 people, including government officials and private sector employees, of bribery, fraud and abuse of office, state news agency SPA said on Tuesday, without identifying them.
The rulings followed an investigation by the public prosecutor, who presented “strong evidence” of corruption, SPA said. Punishments included jail sentences of up to 16 years and monetary fines totaling 4 million riyals ($1.07 million).
The new head of the kingdom’s anti-corruption commission pledged in August to go after graft by ordinary government employees, following a high-profile campaign two years ago that netted princes, ministers and top businessmen while unsettling some foreign investors.
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