Saudi Crown Prince: 95% of detainees prefer reconciliations to trials
Baghdad - Agencies
Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman has told the New York Times that all representatives of the Saudi elite arrested on suspicion of corruption preferred a friendly settlement with the state instead of referring them to the judiciary.
On November 4, the Saudi Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee issued a decision to arrest some 40 elite members of the country, including royal princes, ministers, former officials and businessmen.
The preliminary investigation data, in the framework of the anti-corruption campaign in Saudi Arabia, the loss of more than $ 100 billion as a result of corruption.
The Saudi Crown Prince told the American newspaper that the materials and results of the investigations were presented to all detainees, with two proposals: either to refer these investigations to the courts and to open criminal cases on them, or to conclude a friendly reconciliation agreement. What is strange is that 95% of the defendants agreed to the second option .
"Only about 1 percent (of detainees) have been able to prove their innocence," he said. "About 4 percent said they were not guilty and would use their lawyers to defend them."
Bin Salman said that according to the prosecution, about $ 100 billion would go to the Saudi treasury to pay compensation for corruption, roughly equivalent to the amount of damage to Saudi public finances caused by corruption in the country's elite.http://www.aljournal.com/%D9%88%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%87%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-95-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%AA%D8%AC%D8%B2%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%8A%D9%81%D8%B6%D9%84%D9%88/