Five expatriates of different nationalities were jailed for 14 years and fined SR80,000 for attempting to smuggle illegally obtained money outside Saudi Arabia, in four separate cases, sources at the Public Prosecution said.

A source at the Public Prosecution said a Saudi court also ordered confiscation of funds seized in their possession amounting to about 10 million riyals, and that the convicts be deported from the country after serving their terms.

Candy boxes

The Economic Crimes Investigation Department of the Public Prosecution has accused the men of possession, transfer and attempt to smuggle illegal funds by hiding them in a travel bag base, candy boxes and secret clothes pockets, and try to get out through the airports.

The source concluded that the Public Prosecution, in cooperation with the competent authorities, firmly deal with everyone who is tempted to commit such crimes.

The Public Prosecution also affirmed it will continue the war on corruption and the corrupt, the source said.