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Saudi: 40 to stand trial for Makkah crane crash

30 Saudi Binladen Group employees and 10 government officials have been summoned for their role in last year's Grand Mosque incident, and more defendants are likely

A crane collapsed at Grand Mosque in 2015.
A crane collapsed at Grand Mosque in 2015.

Up to 40 government officials and directors from Saudi Binladen Group are to stand trial in the Kingdom for their role in the Makkah crane crash last year. 

The defendants include 30 senior officials, directors, and technicians from Saudi's largest contracting firm, which was working on the expansion of Grand Mosque. 

Ten government department officials will stand trial as well.

All hearings will take place in front of three courts in Jeddah.

The investigating committee questioned more than 200 people working on the mosque redevelopment project, including engineers, managers and members of the boards of directors at Saudi Binladen Group.

It also spoke to several international safety companies.

According to Saudi Gazette, the total number of defendants could increase when more people are investigated next week.

Citing Al Watan, the report added that the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution in Jeddah has received the case file following a lengthy inquiry.

The prosecutor general is reportedly now preparing a list of charges against the defendants.

The Summary Court is expected to handle the criminal aspect of the case and to issue discretionary verdicts against the defendants. 

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