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Saudi Arabia: The MBS corruption drive gets institutionalised (perhaps)

A Royal Decree published on 11 March announced the establishment of a new legal department, under the Attorney General, to handle corruption cases as part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s continuing anti-graft drive – perhaps partly in response to investor-driven concerns that the campaign’s first phase, the Ritz-Carlton detentions, paid scant regard to legal due process.The new department will both conduct investigations and prosecute corruption, in effect taking on responsibility for cases which have previously been handled by generalist public prosecutors.

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