Saudi mass detentions

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Saudi officials have detained 298 public officials in a new alleged anti-corruption push.

According to a statement by a Saudi anti-corruption body known as Nazaha, the officials were arrested for crimes such as bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power involving a total of 379 million riyals (or $101 million).

Among the detained officials, eight defense minister officers are suspected of money laundering in relation to government contracts during the years 2005-2015. Two judges are also among the list for allegedly receiving bribes.

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