Qatar : Appeal to be filed over Doha mall fire acquittals

November 23, 2015 7:06 am


 

Lillie, Jackson, and Willsher Weekes died in the fire at the Villagio shopping Mall in Doha, . Photo / Supplied

The Attorney General in Qatar has ordered prosecutors to file an
appeal of a court verdict that acquitted all the defendants in the
Villagio Mall fire, that killed Kiwi triplets.
Two-year-old
Lillie, Jackson and Wilsher Weekes perished when a fire ripped through
the daycare centre they attended in 2012. The centre was in a the
Villagio Mall in Doha.

Martin Weekes and Jane Weekes, the parents of the Kiwi triplets who died in the fire. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Martin Weekes and Jane Weekes, the parents of the Kiwi triplets who died in the fire. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Sixteen others, many of them children, also died.
Last
month a Qatari judge threw out the convictions of four people convicted
of involuntary manslaughter and a public servant charged with forgery
in relation to the blaze.
That ruling meant none of the five, who
included the childcare co-owners, Villagio mall chairman and manager,
will serve any jail time over the devastating fire.

But state agency QNA and Doha have tonight reported
that Qatar’s Attorney General Dr Ali bin Fetais al Marri instructed that
last month’s judgement be brought to Qatar’s highest court, the Court
of Cassation.
Dr al Marri assigned prosecutors for the Court of
Cassation prepare a document that outlines the reasons for the appeal
verdict. He wants the document presented to him before it is filed in
court.
Last month Jane and Martin Weekes, parents of the triplets, said they were devastated at the verdict.

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