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Riyadh releases 7 detained in 'anti-corruption' sweep


Saudi Arabia on Thursday released seven of 208 suspects arrested earlier in an ongoing “anti-corruption” probe, the country’s top legal official said, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

 

In a statement, Attorney-General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said a total of 208 suspects had been questioned so far.

 

"Seven of them have been released without charge," al-Mojeb said, going on to estimate that "systematic corruption and embezzlement" had cost the country at least $100 billion in recent decades.

 

"Based on our investigations over the past three years, we estimate that at least $100 billion has been misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades," the attorney-general said in the statement.

 

As for speculation about the suspects’ identities, al-Mojeb said their privacy would be respected “as they continue to be subject to our judicial process”.

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