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Saudi Arabia drops case on deadly Mecca crane crash

A Saudi court has decided to drop a case it opened a few months ago to prosecute those responsible for the 2015 deadly crane crash in the holy city of Mecca.

The Mecca Criminal Court said on Thursday that it had no jurisdiction to rule on the case.

According to reports, 14 defendants had gone on trial over accusations of negligence, ignoring safety guidelines and damaging public property.

Among the defendants were six Saudis, two Pakistanis, a Canadian, a Jordanian, a Palestinian, an Egyptian, an Emirati and a Filipino.

On September 11, 2015 a huge construction crane collapsed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing more than 100 pilgrims and injuring over 200 others in the lead-up to the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

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