Saudi Arabia sacks corrupt officials using tourism projects

Saudi Arabia’s official media reported on the 21st that a group of Saudi officials associated with multiple tourism projects were dismissed because they were suspected of using these projects for corruption. < / P > < p > the Saudi news agency quoted a royal statement as saying that the dismissed officials included a number of Interior Ministry officials, mayors of the northern coastal cities of umluzhi and wajy, the head of the border defense department and other local officials. < / P > < p > the Saudi news agency did not specify the number of dismissed officials, but only listed some of them. The German news agency reported that many officials in Medina, tebuk and Asir provinces in western Saudi Arabia were also dismissed. < / P > < p > the Saudi anti-corruption agency is investigating these officials, who are suspected of assisting in the occupation of more than 5000 plots of large-scale projects in the Red Sea, the historic city of Euler and dozens of plots in the southwestern Abha resort project. These “P < 2030" projects are part of the "P < 2030" initiative. Saudi Arabia hopes to build a luxury tourist destination with an area of more than 28000 square kilometers on the western coast and many islands with the Red Sea project. < p > < p > Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s major oil exporters, and hopes to get rid of dependence on oil revenue with the help of “vision 2030”, and began to issue tourist visa last year. In March, the Saudi anti-corruption agency arrested 298 officials, including military and judicial officials, on suspicion of corruption. The officials were charged with bribery and corruption, involving a total of 379 million Saudi Riyals. The Saudi anti-corruption agency said the officials were arrested after a criminal investigation into 674 state officials. The agency did not say when the investigation took place, nor did it disclose the names of the suspects. < / P > < p > in November 2017, there was a “anti-corruption storm” in Saudi Arabia. More than 200 suspects, including princes, ministers and businessmen, were investigated at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, the capital. < / P > < p > “anti corruption storm” lasts for 15 months to January 2019. Last year, the Saudi royal family promised to continue its anti-corruption efforts. The Saudi government then said the suspected corruption would be traced to ordinary civil servants.