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Saudi trial in Mecca crane collapse to begin soon

AP , Tuesday 12 Jul 2016

A state-linked Saudi newspaper is reporting that a trial will begin soon for those accused of negligence in connection with a crane collapse in Mecca that killed 111 pilgrims and injured nearly 240 people just days before the start of last year's annual hajj pilgrimage.

Al-Riyadh newspaper quoted unnamed officials on Tuesday as saying the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution in Mecca has handed over its findings to Mecca's criminal court for judicial review.

It's not known how many government officials or executives and engineers from the Saudi Binladin Group operating the crane might be indicted.

The crane collapsed amid unusually strong winds on Sept. 11, piercing through the roof of the Grand Mosque that houses the cube-shaped Kaaba, bringing down slabs of concrete on worshippers below.

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