Saudi court announces verdict in Makkah crane crash of 2015

Saudi court announces verdict in Makkah crane crash of 2015
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RIYADH - A penal court in Makkah on Sunday acquitted all 13 people charged with negligence in the 2015 Crane crash in Makkah  which had resulted in deaths of at least 109 people, the Saudi Gazette reported.

"The court said that they are not criminally responsible for the incident," Saudi Gazette said, adding that the Saudi attorney general had filed an appeal against the decision which had been approved.

A court in May had ordered re enquiry in the case after it had been dismissed earlier.

A massive construction crane had crashed into Makkah 's Grand Mosque in September 2015, killing 109 people, less than a fortnight before the Haj pilgrimage was supposed to start. 

The crane that crashed was one of several that the Saudi Binladin Group had erected as part of a multi-billion-dollar expansion plan to accommodate the increasing numbers of faithful.

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