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Saudi sentences 49 protesting workers to prison

The Saudi Criminal Court in Makkah has sentenced 49 workers to four months in prison and 300 lashes for their role in protests and for inciting others to commit riots

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Workers protesting the delayed payments of their salaries by construction giant Binladen group have been sentenced to prison and flogging for rioting and damaging public property last year.

The Saudi Criminal Court in Makkah has sentenced 49 workers to four months in prison and 300 lashes for their role in the protests and for inciting other workers to commit the riots, according to Arabian Business, citing Al-Watan newspaper.

The demonstrations, which were also in line with the company’s termination of more than 80,000 foreign workers and its issuance of their exit visas last year, involved the burning of buses used for their transportation.

Authorities launched an official investigation into the matter and were reportedly coordinating with the firm to meet the workers’ demands.

Last June, reports said that Saudi Binladen Group secured a $666.5m (SAR2.5bn) loan from local banks to consolidate its fluidity in an effort to pay workers' salaries. 

The company also said that it was planning on selling some of its property and other assets in a bid to pay its debt.
 

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