SR2.5bn for Haj cleanup operation

Updated 26 August 2015
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SR2.5bn for Haj cleanup operation

MAKKAH: Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh was briefed on Monday about the SR2.5 billion awarded to companies contracted to clean up the holy sites during this year’s Haj.
Al-Asheikh praised the country’s leaders and the various government and private agencies for providing top quality services for pilgrims performing the Haj this year.
In particular, he said, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Barr should be thanked for the vital role they have been playing in the city, a local publication reported.
Abdulsalam bin Sulaiman Mushat, undersecretary for services in the city, said cleaning operations have been in full swing since July 22 in 10 municipalities.
The cleaning contracts were awarded to several specialized companies, covering five cleaning zones in Makkah and the holy sites. These were worth over SR594.7 million, SR482.8 million, SR484.9 million, SR467.7 million, and SR518.5 million.


Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

Updated 4 min 19 sec ago
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Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

  • Saudi official told Reuters that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team
  • The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters

DUBAI: The instructions of the head of the Khashoggi mission were based on a previous directive to negotiate the return of members of opposition, a Saudi official told Reuters in a report published on Sunday.

The source said that the primary reports on the mission were not accurate so they had to investigate further, and that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team.

The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters.

The previous negotiation directive did not require the person in charge to obtain approvals from leadership, the official added.

According to the Saudi official’s reports to Reuters, primary findings showed that the death was a result of choking during at attempt to stop Khashoggi from raising his voice.

The negotiation team disobeyed orders, abused their authority and used violence, and there are 18 suspects in the Khashoggi case and they are currently detained pending an investigation, according to the official.

(Developing)