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More officials face charges in Makkah crane crash


Jeddah: The Saudi public prosecution has recently added more personnel to the list of those accused in the crane crash accident at the Grand Mosque, which resulted in 107 deaths and 238 injuries among pilgrims, Arab News reported.

The accused might face several charges, such as loss of lives, negligence and noncompliance with established safety measures.

Among them are engineers and project managers of the company responsible for implementation of the project.

Sources noted that the public prosecutor plans to demand an increase in the defendant’s punishments following the investigation and the issuance of an indictment.

Initial probes revealed that the company involved implementing the project did not comply with the required safety measures. The investigations also revealed several additional causes of the crane accident.

Many experienced engineers, specialized in the construction business, were hired to learn more information about crane use and the required safety measures during operation.


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