Families of Doha mall fire victims seek trial

Families of 13 children killed in May use open letter to complain bitterly about three delays in the trial process.

    Families of Doha mall fire victims seek trial
    The children were all members of Qatar's expatriate community, including a seat of New Zealand triplets [Reuters]

    The parents of 13 children killed in a mall fire in Qatar last May are demanding the Gulf nation move ahead with a trial after repeated delays.

    An open letter issued on Friday by the families complains bitterly about postponements. They also object to some defendants refusing to attend preliminary hearings.

    The May 28 blaze at Villagio mall killed 19 people, including four child care workers and two firefighters, at a daycare facility owned by the daughter of Qatar's culture minister.

    Qatari investigators have blamed faulty wiring for starting the fire, and cited shortcomings in safety planning by staff at the country's biggest mall.

    The children were all members of Qatar's large expatriate community, including triplets from New Zealand and three Spanish siblings.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.