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Makkah crane crash: Contractor, accused people to face trial over “safety breach”

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RIYADH: A Saudi Arabian court on Wednesday ordered about a dozen people accused of negligence in a deadly crane crash in 2015 at Makkah to stand trial again, local media reported.

“By a vote of five to two, the appeals judges overturned the Makkah criminal court’s decision that it had no jurisdiction over allegations of “safety breaches”,” a Saudi news agency said in a report.

The crane collapse killed at least 109 people, including foreign pilgrims. The incident occurred into a courtyard of Makkah’s Grand Mosque during high winds in September 2015.

The accused, including at least one Saudi “billionaire” and nationals of Pakistan, the Philippines, Canada and several Arab countries, were charged with “negligence leading to death, damaging public property and ignoring safety guidelines”, Saudi Gazette said.

The crane, erected at the site of a multi-billion-dollar expansion plan, was the property of the Saudi Binladin Group. King Salman suspended the firm from new public contracts for several months after the tragedy.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.