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Saudi: 48 government officials charged with corruption

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A total of 48 government officials and employees in Saudi Arabia have been charged with corruption, according to the Kingdom’s anti-graft authority, Al Arabiya reported.

The officials and employees worked for the ministries of defense, interior, justice, municipal and rural affairs and housing, education, and environment, water and agriculture, the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) said on Thursday.

Some also worked for the Presidency of State Security, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, and the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection.

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The charges made against them include bribery, abuse of power and forgery, Nazaha said in a statement.

Seventeen other citizens and expatriates were also arrested for their involvement in corruption, the authority added.

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