Saudi Arabia is set to prosecute 40 people for the deaths of hundreds of pilgrims who died after a crane collapsed on them in the Grand Mosque. The occurrence was preceded by a stampede that killed far greater number of pilgrims during the ritualistic ‘stoning of satan’.
Saudi’s Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution says the 40 persons will be charged with negligence.
The accused persons included site engineers of the Binladin Group contracted to handle the mosque’s expansion and 10 government officials, among others.
Saudi King Salman last year ordered compensations for victims of the mosque tragedy, which the kingdom put at 111 deaths and 238 injured.
Each victim’s family is to receive SR1 million each, SR1 million to those whose injuries resulted in permanent disability, and SR500,000 for each of the injured.
Source: Arab News