Saudi King sacks two royals under defence corruption probe

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sacked two royals and referred them along with four military officers for an investigation into corruption at the defence ministry in a royal decree issued early on Tuesday and carried by state media.

The royal decree read: “The termination of the service of the Commander of the Joint Forces, the relieving of the Deputy Governor of Al Jouf of his responsibilities and their referral along with a number of officers and civil servants of the Defense Ministry for investigation.”

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It was based on the recommendation by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence to the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority regarding the suspicious financial transactions that were detected in the Ministry of Defence.

Submissions about financial corruption were connected to Lieutenant General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and a number of officers and civil servants and others.

The anti-corruption authority was ordered to complete investigation with all military and civilians involved, take the necessary legal measures against them, and submit findings to King Salman.

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