US Ally Jails and Flogs Workers for Protesting Unpaid Wages

US Ally Jails and Flogs Workers for Protesting Unpaid Wages:

(MEEDozens of foreign workers have been sentenced to flogging and jail for unrest during protests over unpaid wages by Saudi Binladin Group several months ago, reports said on Tuesday.

Al-Watan newspaper and Arab News did not give the nationalities of the 49 workers, and foreign embassy staff contacted by AFP could not immediately provide details.

Al-Watan, which has followed the Binladin case since early last year, said an unidentified number were sentenced to four months’ jail and 300 lashes for destroying public property and inciting unrest.

Others were jailed for 45 days by the court in Mecca.

Construction sector workers, chiefly at the Binladin Group and another firm Saudi Oger, were left waiting for pay after a collapse in oil revenues left the kingdom unable to pay private firms it had contracted.

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