Saudi Arabia’s Nazaha chief urges cooperation among Gulf anti-corruption agencies

The headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) in Riyadh. (Courtesy of Nazaha website)
Updated 10 September 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Nazaha chief urges cooperation among Gulf anti-corruption agencies

RIYADH: The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) stressed the importance of continuing and enhancing cooperation and exchanging expertise among anti-corruption agencies in the Gulf to achieve regional security, stability, development and prosperity.

Mazen bin Ibrahim Al-Kahmous was speaking at a meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) anti-corruption agencies, which was held in Oman.

He thanked the sultanate and the council’s general secretariat for organizing the meeting, and expressed hope that the aspirations of the leaders of GCC countries will be achieved.

Nazaha aims to create a work environment of integrity, transparency, honesty, justice and equality in the bodies that fall within its jurisdiction or specialization.

According to official statistics, Nazaha received 15,591 reports in 2018 compared with 10,402 the previous year. Financial and administrative corruption cases made up the bulk of the reports.

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Saudi assistant defense minister dies aged 68

Updated 08 August 2020

Saudi assistant defense minister dies aged 68

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister of defense, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh, died on Friday, aged 68.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defense said he had been suffering from an illness.

Al-Ayesh had been appointed to the position in May 2014 having previously been commander-in-chief of the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF) between 2010 and 2013.

Born in 1952 and from Jouf, he joined the RSAF in 1970 and graduated from King Faisal Air Academy as a pilot in 1972, becoming a pilot officer on F-15 fighter jets in the same year.

In 1974, he was appointed pilot officer in the 13th Squadron on Lightning interceptor aircraft and in 1982 maintained the title in the same squadron flying F-15s. Al-Ayesh attended an instructor pilot and weapons instructor course on Lightning aircraft in the UK in 1978.

He also served as the director of the RSAF Command’s plans and operations department, the commander of King Khalid Air Base, chief of RSAF operations, and deputy commander of the RSAF.

During his career, Al-Ayesh received several military medals including the King Abdul Aziz Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Legion of Merit from France, the First-Class Military Medal for Respect, and a Bronze Star from the US.