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Saudi Arabia to extradite corruption suspects

Evidence is being collected against “fugitives” in order to issue indictments against them

Reuters
12:43 January 14, 2018
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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has said he will pursue extradition for corruption suspects living abroad as part of a two-month-old crackdown that has already netted princes and tycoons.

Evidence is being collected against “fugitives” in order to issue indictments against them and request that foreign governments return them to the kingdom, Saud Al Muajab told Arrajol magazine in an interview published on Thursday.

It was not clear how many people are being targeted, or in which countries.

Saudi security forces have rounded up dozens of members of the political and business elite as a part of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s crackdown on corruption in the country.

The move was widely praised by Saudis who have long yearned for greater transparency and accountability in the country.

Saudi officials are negotiating settlements with detainees, saying they aim to claw back some $100 billion of funds that rightfully belong to the state.

Al Muajab said last month that most detainees had agreed to settlements in order to avoid prosecution while the rest could be held for several more months.

He told Arrajol that those who end up in court will be permitted to hire lawyers to defend them during the investigation and trial phases.