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20 Jun 2013

Mereana Hond, Aljazeera (Qatar)

Five sentenced over Doha mall fire

A Qatari court has sentenced five people to jail terms in connection with [the] deadly [Villaggio shopping mall fire in May 2012]...that resulted in the death of 19 people [including 13 children and two firefighters]...Four received six-year jail terms, while the fifth received a five-year term. Those convicted include two co-owners of the nursery and daycare centre which was engulfed by the flames, and members of the management of the mall. Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Al Thani, one of the co-owners, is also currently Qatar's ambassador to Belgium, while Iman al-Kuwari, the other co-owner, is the daughter of Qatar's culture minister...families of the victims had "a very profound reaction" to the verdict, with most describing feelings "of elation and relief"." They believe that justice has been served [...] and the right people have been found guilty.

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