Saudi Arabia: Chief Justice, seven judges prosecuted for bribery, money laundering
07 Oct 2020

A Saudi chief justice and seven other judges are being prosecuted for bribery, money laundering and influence peddling, in the latest crackdown on high-profile offenders in the Saudi Arabia, local media reported.

A hearing was held to try the chief justice, charged with receiving a bribe, money laundering and abusing of his office, Okaz learned.

Sources said that the security authorities arrested the accused judge at dawn, and a sum of money and mobile devices were seized, and accomplices were arrested.

Earlier, the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority said that a judge was arrested along with his brother, who is an officer with a rank of colonel, a businessman and a lawyer for involvement in bribery, money laundering, seizing public money, abuse of power and misuse of administrative authority.

The case started with a report that the judge had received bribes linked to lawsuits and was illegally involved in trade, a source at the watchdog said.

Investigations proved the authenticity of the report filed against the judge and involvement of others including a middleman appointed by him to receive the bribes in collaboration with the judge’s brother, the businessman and the lawyer.

By Samir Salama, Gulf News, 6 October 2020

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