His Excellency Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb, Attorney General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and member of the supreme anti-corruption committee formed by Royal Order on Saturday November 4, issued the following statement on Monday:
“Yesterday does not represent the start, but the completion of Phase One of our anti-corruption push. The anti-corruption laws are already in place, and the announcement that individuals had been taken into custody for questioning today reflects the result of an initial taskforce enquiry into corruption.
A great deal of evidence has already been gathered, and detailed questioning has taken place.
By the very nature of the investigations, it was necessary to complete the first phase discreetly, in order to preserve the integrity of the legal proceedings and ensure there was no flight from justice.
Each case will be progressed on strictly judicial grounds, in accordance with the laws of Saudi Arabia.
All those suspected to date, will have full access to legal resources, and the trials will be held in a timely and open manner for all concerned.
This does not represent the fullness of the committee’s work, but merely the start of a vital process to root out corruption wherever it exists.