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Diplomat being probed for graft in Saudi
December 18, 2013, 9:43 am

A Saudi ambassador is being investigated for allegedly taking bribes to issue Umrah and visit visas through his private office, a local Arabic newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) is looking into the case after receiving a complaint, the paper said, adding that the ambassador was receiving a bribe of 150 euros (SR774) for each visa issued.

Nazaha said the Control and Investigation Board has been investigating the case since mid-Muharram 1433H, adding that any delay in taking corrupt officials to justice would promote corruption.

“Lack of questioning and not holding officials responsible have contributed to increasing corrupt practices and violations,” the paper said quoting the commission’s annual report.

The commission said it was not receiving enough cooperation from the ministries and departments to take action against their corrupt officials.
“If they continue this negative stand, we’ll present the matter to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah as per the law,” Nazaha said.

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