More than 150 criminal cases have been launched by Saudi Arabia’s Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha).
The cases involve 226 individuals and legal proceedings against them are underway, the body said on Thursday.
They include the case of a number of officers and civil servants working at the Ministry of Defense as well as other individuals.
They are being investigated for suspicious financial dealings, committing bribery, abusing influence, fraud, squandering public money and laundering money to achieve illicit financial gains amounting to more than SR1.23 billion ($328 million).
Of the 48 defendants investigated in this case, 19 were defense ministry employees, three civil servants, 18 businessmen and eight people working in companies. Some 44 of these individuals have been charged after investigations and the authorities are working to recover the stolen money.
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