Saudi Arabia: Rights group raises alarm over new Saudi ‘corruption’ arrests

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has voiced concern over the arrest of about 300 government officials in Saudi Arabia on corruption allegations, warning of possible “unfair legal proceedings” in an opaque judicial system.

Military and judicial officials were among the 298 people arrested over allegations of bribery and embezzlement amounting to 379 million Saudi riyals ($101m), the state anti-corruption watchdog Nazaha said.

“The fight against corruption is no excuse for flagrant due process violations and preventing people from mounting an adequate defence,” Michael Page, HRW’s deputy Middle East director, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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