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Report: Saudi trial in Mecca crane collapse to begin soon

  • File -- In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, pilgrims and first responders gather at the site of a crane collapse that killed dozens inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A state-linked Saudi newspaper reported Tuesday, July 12, 2016 that charges, followed by a trial, are due soon over the crane collapse in Mecca that killed 111 pilgrims and injured nearly 240 people ahead of the start of last year's annual hajj pilgrimage. It was the first of two major tragedies to mar the hajj. Just days later, a stampede and crush of pilgrims killed more than 2,400 people on Sept. 24, according to an Associated Press count. (AP Photo, File)

    File -- In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, pilgrims and first responders gather at the site of a crane collapse that killed dozens inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A state-linked Saudi newspaper reported Tuesday, July 12, 2016 that charges, followed by a trial, are due soon over the crane collapse in Mecca that killed 111 pilgrims and injured nearly 240 people ahead of the start of last year's annual hajj pilgrimage. It was the first of two major tragedies to mar the hajj. Just days later, a stampede and crush of pilgrims killed more than 2,400 people on Sept. 24, according to an Associated Press count. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this September 15, 2015 file photo, a construction worker walks past the site of a deadly crane collapse that killed over a hundred, inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A state-linked Saudi newspaper reported  that charges, followed by a trial, are due soon over the crane collapse in Mecca that killed 111 pilgrims and injured nearly 240 people ahead of the start of last year's annual hajj pilgrimage. It was the first of two major tragedies to mar the hajj. Just days later, a stampede and crush of pilgrims killed more than 2,400 people on Sept. 24, according to an Associated Press count.  (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)

    FILE -- In this September 15, 2015 file photo, a construction worker walks past the site of a deadly crane collapse that killed over a hundred, inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A state-linked Saudi newspaper reported that charges, followed by a trial, are due soon over the crane collapse in Mecca that killed 111 pilgrims and injured nearly 240 people ahead of the start of last year's annual hajj pilgrimage. It was the first of two major tragedies to mar the hajj. Just days later, a stampede and crush of pilgrims killed more than 2,400 people on Sept. 24, according to an Associated Press count. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)  (The Associated Press)

A state-linked Saudi newspaper is reporting that a trial will begin soon for those accused of negligence in connection with a crane collapse in Mecca that killed 111 pilgrims and injured nearly 240 people just days before the start of last year's annual hajj pilgrimage.

Al-Riyadh newspaper quoted unnamed officials on Tuesday as saying the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution in Mecca has handed over its findings to Mecca's criminal court for judicial review.

It's not known how many government officials or executives and engineers from the Saudi Binladin Group operating the crane might be indicted.

The crane collapsed amid unusually strong winds on Sept. 11, piercing through the roof of the Grand Mosque that houses the cube-shaped Kaaba, bringing down slabs of concrete on worshippers below.