THE LEVANT – The Saudi Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) will soon summon new suspects in the “water kickbacks” case, Al-Watan daily reported citing unnamed sources.
Several officials are accused of receiving bribes from private companies during a water rationing campaign. They are also allegedly involved in embezzlement of money collected from private companies for the campaign.
The administrative court in Jeddah began reviewing the case against 16 people in mid-Ramadan, and the new suspects will be summoned after Eid Al-Fitr holidays.
Sources cited by Al-Watan said the suspects include leading government officials and executives of private contracting companies.
The suspects include Saudi citizens and expatriate workers, with the latter claiming they were unaware of any wrongdoing because they do not understand Arabic and as such were unaware of any misconduct in the arrangements.
Last month, the BIP referred the case of a government official accused of corruption in the Jeddah floods to the Administrative Court after his interrogation.
The accused was questioned following the opening of investigations relating to the floods that hit Jeddah a few years ago, the sources said. The lawsuit includes charges of bribery, abuse of position and other violations related to administrative corruption.
The sources said the court will begin the trial of the accused soon.