There is no immunity even for princes in corruption cases: Nazaha chief

Mazen Al-Kahmous, president of the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), emphasized that no persons, including princes, have immunity from prosecution in corruption cases.

“It is the right of a person, who provides tips about incidents of corruption, not to give his name. It is our duty to protect him and I am not the one who protects such a person but the King is the one who protects him,” he said. The Nazaha chief made these remarks while attending a television program.

Al-Kahmous said that the names of people indicted in corruption cases would be publicized after the issuance of judicial verdict. He disclosed that a sizable number of people who were detained in corruption cases were released on bail as part of precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus.

“Those who violated the rules in the past will be tracked down,” he said while lauding the cooperation of ministers and government officials in Nazaha’s efforts to eradicate corruption in the Kingdom.

He said that some minor corruption cases are currently being tried in regional courts, but in future trial of all corruption cases will be held in the special courts in Riyadh.

Al-Kahmous revealed that it has come to the notice of Nazaha that there are many instances of bribery cases where bribes were being paid, outside the Kingdom in connection with projects within the Kingdom.

“The issue of recovering assets from abroad is a complicated one and it takes a long time. However, we will work hard around the clock to tackle this issue with the competent authorities,” he said.

Al-Kahmous stressed that there is clear and explicit directive from the leadership that there won’t be any tolerance in corruption cases.