Saudi Arabia detains 298 officials in new corruption cases amid royal power struggle

Saudi Arabia has detained 298 public officials in a new alleged anti-corruption push amid reports that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seeking to get rid of potential rivals to the Saudi throne.

A Saudi anti-corruption body known as Nazaha announced on Sunday that it had arrested 298 government officials for crimes such as bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power involving a total of 379 million riyals ($101 million).

Among the detained officials, eight defense minister officers are suspected of money laundering in relation to government contracts during the years 2005-2015.

Two judges are also amongst the list for allegedly receiving bribes.

Another 29 interior ministry officials in the Eastern Province have also been detained, including three colonels, a major general and a brigadier general.