Saudi 'must name and shame corrupt officials'
Riyadh, March 12, 2014
Saudi Arabia's Shura council has called upon the government to adopt 'name and shame' tactics to root out corruption from the kingdom, said a report.
The members urged the National Anti-Corruption Commission to publicize the names and photographs of officials found guilty of corrupt practices and conduct swift trials as part of its efforts to tackle the menace, reported Arab News.
It also instructed the commission, known as Nazaha, to provide an assessment of the scale of corruption in the Kingdom in its annual report, the report stated citing a member.
“The Shoura agreed that Nazaha must revise its regulations to include defamation as a form of punishment for individuals involved in graft,” remarked Fahaad Al-Hamad, assistant president of the council.
“The Shoura also urged the commission to co-ordinate with government departments to speed up investigation into graft cases and trial for people involved in such cases,” added Al-Hamad.
The 150-member consultative council also instructed Nazaha to publish its findings regarding corruption in the Kingdom in order to ensure transparency, fairness and trustworthiness.