SEC claims it was instrumental in detecting alleged fraud

Author: 
Mohammed Rasooldeen
Wed, 2017-01-25
ID: 
1485295423994024100

RIYADH: The Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) on Tuesday said it was instrumental in discovering alleged irregularities in its departments in the Eastern Province.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has accused some SEC executives and employees in the Eastern Province of misusing public funds.
Nazaha referred its investigation results regarding financial and administrative irregularities to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, according to a statement on Nazaha’s website.
The Kingdom’s anti-corruption body said it found irregularities in eight contracts worth more than SR80 million ($21.3 million), which were intended to purchase licenses to implement an electronic program to unify SEC systems.
The irregularities included the purchase of licenses without providing a feasibility study, a mechanism to determine the number of licenses, or a detailed list of certified prices. The accused employees also allegedly provided false information to justify the signing of the contracts worth SR80 million.
The SEC told Arab News it wants to reaffirm its full cooperation with all concerned parties. “The company internal auditing bodies have discovered the remarks and their implications, and formed several specialized committees to look into the subject,” the SEC said.
“In consideration of the principle of transparency and full cooperation, the concerned authorities have been provided with all relevant details and information for the sake of investigation.”

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SEC claims it was instrumental in detecting alleged fraud

Author: 
Mohammed Rasooldeen
Wed, 2017-01-25
ID: 
1485295423994024100

RIYADH: The Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) on Tuesday said it was instrumental in discovering alleged irregularities in its departments in the Eastern Province.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has accused some SEC executives and employees in the Eastern Province of misusing public funds.
Nazaha referred its investigation results regarding financial and administrative irregularities to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, according to a statement on Nazaha’s website.
The Kingdom’s anti-corruption body said it found irregularities in eight contracts worth more than SR80 million ($21.3 million), which were intended to purchase licenses to implement an electronic program to unify SEC systems.
The irregularities included the purchase of licenses without providing a feasibility study, a mechanism to determine the number of licenses, or a detailed list of certified prices. The accused employees also allegedly provided false information to justify the signing of the contracts worth SR80 million.
The SEC told Arab News it wants to reaffirm its full cooperation with all concerned parties. “The company internal auditing bodies have discovered the remarks and their implications, and formed several specialized committees to look into the subject,” the SEC said.
“In consideration of the principle of transparency and full cooperation, the concerned authorities have been provided with all relevant details and information for the sake of investigation.”

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10,876 students living near southern border added to free transport program

Author: 
Arab News
Wed, 2017-01-25
ID: 
1485295423974023500

JEDDAH: Tatweer Co. for Educational Transportation will transport children who study at schools that fall within the red zone on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen to safer schools.
Nearly 10,900 schoolchildren in Najran, Sabya, Southern Dhahran and Sarat Obaydah will be moved using passenger vans under direct contracts with parents and buses. A total of 973 vehicles have been contracted to undertake this vital security task.
The move aims to secure the safety of schoolchildren near the sensitive border with Yemen.
A ministry committee issued recommendations to provide every possible solution to help educational institutions in the area get whatever resources they need to continue to function as they normally would, including the provision of transport for children to and from schools.
Tatweer is fast-tracking the initiative using every resource in the affected areas.
This is another strategic service of the ministry’s school transportation program delivered by Tatweer, which serves some 188,000 schoolchildren in southern border schools using a fleet of more than 3,600 buses and passenger vans.
Not only does the service help schools function normally by securing the safety of children, but the ministry has put its entire transportation fleet in the area at the disposal of residents to help them through any possible threats.
This is just one example of government agencies coming together to normalize the daily lives of people in the southern border area.

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10,876 students living near southern border added to free transport program

Author: 
Arab News
Wed, 2017-01-25
ID: 
1485295423974023500

JEDDAH: Tatweer Co. for Educational Transportation will transport children who study at schools that fall within the red zone on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen to safer schools.
Nearly 10,900 schoolchildren in Najran, Sabya, Southern Dhahran and Sarat Obaydah will be moved using passenger vans under direct contracts with parents and buses. A total of 973 vehicles have been contracted to undertake this vital security task.
The move aims to secure the safety of schoolchildren near the sensitive border with Yemen.
A ministry committee issued recommendations to provide every possible solution to help educational institutions in the area get whatever resources they need to continue to function as they normally would, including the provision of transport for children to and from schools.
Tatweer is fast-tracking the initiative using every resource in the affected areas.
This is another strategic service of the ministry’s school transportation program delivered by Tatweer, which serves some 188,000 schoolchildren in southern border schools using a fleet of more than 3,600 buses and passenger vans.
Not only does the service help schools function normally by securing the safety of children, but the ministry has put its entire transportation fleet in the area at the disposal of residents to help them through any possible threats.
This is just one example of government agencies coming together to normalize the daily lives of people in the southern border area.

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Saudi citizen gets 7 years in jail for supporting Daesh

Author: 
Arab News
Wed, 2017-01-25
ID: 
1485295423964023200

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued on Sunday a preliminary sentence of seven years in jail against a Saudi national for supporting Daesh.
The citizen was found guilty of embracing the “Takfiri” ideology as he posted tweets on his Twitter account describing the Kingdom’s rulers, security personnel and Arab leaders as apostates.
The court also convicted him of supporting both Daesh and Al-Qaeda terrorist organizations. In addition, the defendant was indicted of writing, storing and disseminating information in order to destabilize public order. The defendant posted tweets on his Twitter account supporting Daesh terrorist activities.
The defendant was also charged with storing materials that are harmful to public order on two computers belonging to him.
Moreover, the court has ruled the defendant was guilty of communicating with a sorcerer living in a sister country via messaging app “Telegram” and sending him SR80,000 for spiritual treatment.
The defendant was sentenced to seven years in jail, starting from his arrest date four years ago, based on the royal decree A/44, and one year on the basis of Article VI of the Anti-Cybercrime Law, as well as confiscating his mobile phone and two computers.
ase date.

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Saudi citizen gets 7 years in jail for supporting Daesh

Author: 
Arab News
Wed, 2017-01-25
ID: 
1485295423964023200

JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued on Sunday a preliminary sentence of seven years in jail against a Saudi national for supporting Daesh.
The citizen was found guilty of embracing the “Takfiri” ideology as he posted tweets on his Twitter account describing the Kingdom’s rulers, security personnel and Arab leaders as apostates.
The court also convicted him of supporting both Daesh and Al-Qaeda terrorist organizations. In addition, the defendant was indicted of writing, storing and disseminating information in order to destabilize public order. The defendant posted tweets on his Twitter account supporting Daesh terrorist activities.
The defendant was also charged with storing materials that are harmful to public order on two computers belonging to him.
Moreover, the court has ruled the defendant was guilty of communicating with a sorcerer living in a sister country via messaging app “Telegram” and sending him SR80,000 for spiritual treatment.
The defendant was sentenced to seven years in jail, starting from his arrest date four years ago, based on the royal decree A/44, and one year on the basis of Article VI of the Anti-Cybercrime Law, as well as confiscating his mobile phone and two computers.
ase date.

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Saudi Arabia sees ‘impressive’ figures in Trump cabinet

Author: 
Agence France Presse
Tue, 2017-01-24
ID: 
1485274855942202300

RIYADH: US President Donald Trump has named “impressive” people to his cabinet, longtime American ally Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir praised several men who have been selected by Trump for his cabinet, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, CIA director Mike Pompeo and Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson.
“These are very, very impressive individuals,” Jubeir told a joint press conference with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was on an official visit.
“They’re highly capable. They’re highly experienced and they have a very realistic and wise view of the world and America’s role in it,” Jubeir said.
Saudi leaders felt Obama was reluctant to get involved in the civil war in Syria and other regional conflicts.
Jubeir is optimistic that the Trump administration will be more engaged in the Middle East, and particularly in containing Iran.
Jubeir called Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn “an American patriot” who is very concerned about his country’s security, and who believes in working with allies.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that our ability to overcome the challenges will be tremendously enhanced the closer we work together,” the Saudi minister said.
As European concerns mount over Trump’s foreign policies, Ayrault told the same press conference that he is ready to meet Tillerson “as quickly as possible.”
Trump, who took over from Obama on Friday, has prompted European fears of an isolationist Washington.
“The United states is a big country, a global power which also has a responsibility to the rest of the world,” Ayrault said.
Even if the US has the interests of its own people to preserve and defend, “that can only happen with an approach which is in our eyes multilateral.”

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