May 6, 2018

Saudi king seeks whistleblower protections

King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Photo: Bandar Algaloud/ Saudi Royal Council/ Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Employees who disclose financial and administrative corruption in Saudi Arabia would be safeguarded under a new whistleblower protection measure King Salman announced Sunday, per Reuters, citing a report from Saudi-run broadcaster Al Arabiya TV.

The backdrop: The announcement comes during a secretive ongoing anti-corruption campaign in the kingdom, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old heir to the throne, under the guise of modernization. Last year, MBS ordered the arrest and detention of hundreds of influential Saudis, including other royals, and detained them in Riyadh's Ritz Carlton for weeks — until they paid to settle corruption charges with the government.

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