Appeal launched over deadly Villaggio Mall blaze

Qatar's Attorney General is set to launch an appeal against the acquittal of several people over the fire that left 19 dead

Villaggio Mall fire claimed 19 lives in May 2012.
Villaggio Mall fire claimed 19 lives in May 2012.

The Villaggio fire verdict is set to be re-appealed by the Attorney General, Qatar News Agency reported.

The attorney general in Qatar is set to launch an appeal against the acquittal of several people over the Villaggio Mall fire that left 19 dead, including 13 children.

Last month, Qatar’s Court of Appeal acquitted five defendants who were initially jailed for up to six years in 2013 for ‘negligence’ that caused the blaze.

Attorney General Dr. Ali bin Fetais al-Marri has asked the prosecution service to prepare a memo on his behalf and is now seeking a review of last month’s Court of Appeal ruling.

The memo has reportedly been submitted to the Court of Cassation, Qatar’s highest court, and officials are awaiting a hearing date to be set.

The fire broke out at the Villaggio Mall on May 28, 2012 and trapped children, parents and teachers in the Gympanzee nursery.

The initial investigation reported that faulty electrics caused the blaze.
 

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