Makkah crane crash: Saudi king imposes penalty on Binladen Group

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday sanctioned the Saudi Binladin Group for last Friday’s crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, which killed more than 100 people days before the hajj pilgrimage.


The construction firm belongs to the family of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

According to the official Saudi Press Agency, executives in the firm are forbidden from leaving the kingdom pending the completion of judicial action against it following the collapse at Islam’s holiest site.

Moreover, Saudi Royal Court has announced one million Riyals as compensation for the bereaved families of martyrs and half million for injured of Makkah crane crash incident.

The Royal Court, however, said it did not find any conspiracy in its preliminary investigations into the incident.

It said that incident happened due to wrong positioning of the crane.

At least 11 Pakistanis have been confirmed dead in the crane accident in Makkah’s Grand Mosque on Friday, which resulted in the deaths of at least 107 pilgrims.

Meanwhile, according to Saudi media reports, the number of those who died in the incident is 15.

At least 47 Pakistanis were injured in the crane accident, earlier reports had said.

A massive construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather Friday, killing at least 107 people and injuring 238, Saudi authorities said, less than a fortnight before the Haj pilgrimage starts.