Court rules Haramain Rail compensation “unfair”

Twenty preliminary verdicts issued by lower court reversed by Saudi higher court

A Saudi court has overturned a group of verdicts in lawsuits filed by Saudi citizens over compensation for properties expropriated by the transport ministry for the Haramain Railway project in the Holy City of Makkah.

After listening to the opinions of experts in the Real Estate Committee at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Administrative Court in the Board of Grievances said the norms used for assessing the compensation were unfair and reversed 20 preliminary verdicts issued by the lower court.

The ministry is also facing 10 other appeals against the cost estimation of land acquired for the railway project. These cases are still being looked into by the Board of Grievances, which is expected to issue its verdicts next week.

The ministry said it would appeal at the Administrative Appeals Court.


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