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Who’ll be hung out to dry?

Saudi detains 40 people in connection with the flood in Jeddah in November, reports Arab News.

December 28, 2009 10:14 by

More than 40 people including government officials, contractors and engineers have been detained for questioning in connection with the November 25 Jeddah floods.

The high-level committee in charge of investigating the deluge summoned seven senior officials and employees at the Jeddah municipality for questioning on Sunday.

The officials included assistants to the mayor and those in charge of some service departments. They were called to submit their views on the deluge and the reasons why it occurred.

Informed sources said the municipality has put all of its resources under the committee’s disposal, adding that it will not show any negligence in providing information required by the panel.

The municipality also said that the work that the committee is undertaking is for the benefit of the people of Jeddah.

Media reports said at the beginning of this week that the committee had started questioning a number of government and private sector officials in Jeddah.

Al-Madinah Arabic daily reported Sunday that 32 people, including retired officials and some still working at the municipality, contractors and realtors have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

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  1. Andrew on December 30, 2009 11:02 am

    “The committee, which is chaired by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled al-Faisal, includes Prince Abdullah bin Fahd bin Muhammad, deputy governor of Makkah for security affairs; Abdul Aziz al-Khodairy, undersecretary at the governorate; Saleh al-Ali, head of the Supervision and Investigation Bureau; Lt. Gen. Saad al-Tuwaijeri, director general of Civil Defense; and Maj. Gen. Abdullah al-Qarni, director of intelligence in the Makkah province”

    First sentence itself identifies the responsible party; Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled al-Faisal. He has executive authority, he has accountability. His head should roll, figuratively … if not literally.


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