(MENAFN - Arab News) The Eastern Province Municipality official who was accused of amassing SR6.3 million in bribes has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined SR1 million.
The official had also been accused of forgery and breach of trust. The bribe money has been retrieved from his bank accounts.
An Egyptian engineer working at the municipality and a Saudi government retiree were also sentenced after being found to be complicit in the crime.
The Egyptian expat was sentenced to one year in prison anhanded a SR10000 fine while the Saudi was also sentenced to three months in prison and fined SR100000.
The defendant's brother and his business partner who had been accused of using their private real estate office to launder illegal money were acquitted for insufficient evidence. The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution had submitted 68 pieces of evidence to the court to prove the defendant's involvement in the crime.
There was however conflicting information about the defendant's professional position.