A Saudi-built engine, built by Saudi Arabian state-owned Al- Hijrah, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of killing 15 people in an air accident in 2015.
The court in the northern city of Jeddah heard the engine was one of the deadliest in Saudi history.
The Saudi-owned engineering firm had been ordered to pay the victims’ families a total of 3.4 billion dirhams ($5.3 million).
The court also ordered the Al-Ha’ida Group, which owns Al-Jazeera English, to pay a total compensation of 1.5 billion dirha ($100,000) to the families of the victims.
Saudi Arabia has never been able to prove that the accident was caused by the engine, or the company that made it.
It has also never admitted that the engine failed in a manner that was preventable.
Saudi authorities have repeatedly denied that the air accident was preventible, citing an “unproven and speculative hypothesis” that the aircraft crashed because of a fault with the propeller.
In 2015, a court in Saudi Arabia convicted the Al Hijra group of negligence and sentenced the company to a total $1.3 billion in fines.
Al- Ha’ida’s owner, Al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has denied the accusations, saying it never tested the engine for defects and has no responsibility for the accident.
The case has also drawn attention to the need to establish “scientific” evidence that the engines were unsafe.
Saudi aviation safety experts have called for greater oversight of the engines, and the Al Ha’eda Group is currently the only major Saudi aerospace company with no aircraft certification.