Makkah crane collapse: Five engineers, technicians found guilty

Saudi King Salman sanctioned the Binladin Group over the collapse of the construction crane. (File photo: AP)

Saudi Arabia’s Bureau of Investigations and Public Prosecution (BIP) in Jeddah has found five top technical and engineering officials guilty in the crane crash incident at the Grand Mosque on Sept. 11, Arabic daily Al-Watan reported on Tuesday quoting an informed source.

The source did not name the five engineers and technicians, but said the preliminary information indicated that they will be charged.

The engineers and technicians were involved in the supervision of the expansion project of the Grand Mosque. They included government officials.

The source said the BIP started its investigations with the suspects from the Binladen company two months ago and found conclusive evidence of their involvement in the tragic incident.

He said the Jeddah BIP will forward the results of its investigations to the main BIP office in Riyadh to compile the list of charges against them. In the crane crash incident just before Haj, 111 people were killed and 394 were injured.

Saudi King Salman sanctioned the Binladin Group over the collapse of the construction crane.

The firm’s executives have been forbidden from leaving the Kingdom pending the completion of legal action against the company. During the same period, the company will also be excluded from new public projects.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Dec. 16, 2015.

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