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Nine Bin Laden officials questioned over Makkah crane crash

Individuals could be charged for negligence and causing loss of lives

Nine Bin Laden officials questioned over Makkah crane crash
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Nine engineers and officials of Saudi Arabian construction giant Bin
Laden Group were interrogated on Saturday as part of investigations into the
Makkah crane crash.

At least 109 people were killed and a further 200 injured when a crane
collapsed on September 11.

Saudi Bin Laden Group has since been named as the contractor on the site
and investigators have suspended it from operating.

The company is suspected of failing to comply with construction safety
regulations and its senior executives have been barred from foreign travel
while investigations are conducted.

According to a report in Saudi Gazette, the Bureau of Investigation and
Public Prosecution has begun questioning nine officials and engineers at the
company.

It has also started reviewing relevant documents, maintenance contracts
and safety measures related to the project. 

If evidence against any individual or individuals is found, a charge
sheet will be prepared and they will be referred to Saudi Arabia’s Criminal
Court.

Expected charges are negligence, causing loss of lives and damage to
properties, the newspaper said.