Crown Prince orders high-level probe into stampede

Updated 25 September 2015

Crown Prince orders high-level probe into stampede

MINA: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, has ordered a high-level investigation into the stampede at the Haj pilgrimage that left at least 717 dead and 863 injured on Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
During a meeting of the Haj Higher Committee, which he chairs, the crown prince said the findings of the investigation will be submitted to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, “who will take appropriate measures” in response, SPA said.
Thursday’s tragedy comes on the heels of another one, in which 108 people were killed when a massive construction crane collapsed on Makkah’s Grand Mosque on September 11 as thousands were gathering for the Haj.
It has has become the second worst in a number of tragedies to strike the pilgrimage, surpassed only by a tunnel stampede in Mina on July 2, 1990, which killed 1,426 pilgrims, mostly from Asia.
Earlier Thursday, Health Minister Khaled Al-Faleh promised that there would be a rapid and transparent investigation of the stampede, which he blamed on undisciplined pilgrims not following instructions.


Thursday's stampede second worst tragedy at Haj

• Death toll in Mina stampede rises to 717; over 850 injured

Prince Abdullah wins legal battle to control Sheffield United

Updated 41 min 56 sec ago

Prince Abdullah wins legal battle to control Sheffield United

LONDON: A Saudi prince has won a London court battle for full control of Premier League club Sheffield United.

Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad and co-owner Kevin McCabe were locked in a legal dispute over ownership of the northern English team after their business partnership broke down.

The prince, through his firm UTB LLC, took McCabe’s company Sheffield United Ltd. to court in a bid to enforce a sale agreement reached in December 2017.

Judge Timothy Fancourt said McCabe must sell his 50 percent share of the club to the prince for £5 million ($6 million).

In a 138-page judgment, delivered in London on Monday, the judge said the club is now worth “in the region” of £100 million ($124 million).

In a statement after the ruling, Prince Abdullah said he is “fully committed to continued investment in both the first team and the academy and to bringing best practices and the highest standards of management to the club.”

UTB will have to buy the club’s property assets, which include the Bramall Lane stadium and the Sheffield United hotel, from Sheffield United Ltd.

The judge says McCabe was introduced to Prince Abdullah in 2012 by a third party. 

They reached an agreement to split control of the club, then in the third tier and in need of investment, on a 50-50 basis in return for the prince investing £10 million  over two years.

After relations soured following disagreements over funding, McCabe offered to either buy Prince Abdullah’s stake or to sell his to the prince for £5 million.

The sale was not completed however, prompting Prince Abdullah to bring legal action against McCabe to enforce the contract of sale.

In return, McCabe sued in a bid to have the contract declared void or set aside and also sought damages for breach of contract. 

The team has opened the Premier League season by collecting five points from five games to sit 15th in the 20-team standings.