Saudi Arabia suspends 126 local government employees on corruption charges

Mohamad Bin Salman is scheduled to address the nation during his visit

Mohamad Bin Salman is scheduled to address the nation during his visit

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is planning to visit India next month in the wake of criticism by the global community over his handling of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country's mission in Turkey past year, media reported on Wednesday. The campaign began in November 2017 when hundreds of the countries elite, including Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, were held and questioned at the opulent Ritz Carlton in Riyadh.

They say settlements were reached with 87 individuals who confessed to the charges against them.

The public prosecutor refused to settle the cases of 56 people because of existing criminal charges against them. The remainder of those rounded-up were indicted.

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The funds are in the form of property, companies, cash and other assets surrendered by senior princes, ministers and top businessmen who were under investigation.

The probe is widely popular among younger, more disenfranchised Saudi youths as they have been promised that reclaimed assets will go towards building Saudi projects that will benefit lower and middle-income families. Eight people refused to reach a settlement, and have been referred to public prosecution for further action under the law.

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense received here on Tuesday a telephone call from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. Provision of raw oil will also be discussed with the Saudi Arabian dignitary during his stay in the country.

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