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KSA Royal Court suspends Saudi BinLadin Group

Saudi BinLadin Group has been suspended from new contracts following the Mecca crane crash, according to news agency, Reuters

SBG has been suspended from pursuing new contracts, and its executives have been banned from travelling, in the wake of last week's crane disaster.
SBG has been suspended from pursuing new contracts, and its executives have been banned from travelling, in the wake of last week's crane disaster.

Saudi BinLadin Group (SBG) has been suspended from new contracts by the Kingdom’s Royal Court, according to news agency, Reuters.

The news comes following the crane disaster of 11 September, 2015, which killed 107 people at the Grand Mosque of Mecca.

Saudi-owned media said on Tuesday that SBG, one of the largest construction companies in the Kingdom, has been “ordered [by] the Finance Ministry to review its existing projects,” according to Reuters.

Al-Arabiya TV said that all of the executives of SBG have been prohibited from leaving the country “till next order”, Daily Pakistan Global reported. The news outlet added that families of victims will receive compensation of SAR1m ($266,656).

The Mecca crane collapse is thought to have been caused by strong winds and storms, which broke part of the Grand Mosque’s roof and caused rubble to fall on those praying. Initial investigations have uncovered “no conspiracy” behind the crash, although an “in-depth inquiry will be carried out into the tragedy to reach a conclusion”, according to Daily Pakistan Global.

A statement issued by a spokesperson for the administration of the mosques in Mecca and Medina in the wake of the incident, said that the crane crashed into part of the Grand Mosque where worshippers circumambulate the Kaaba, and where pilgrims walk between Mount Safa and Marwa.

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