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21 Jun 2013

Peninsula (Qatar)

Five sentenced to jail over Villaggio blaze

…[A] lower criminal court yesterday sentenced four people to six years in jail at the end of a nine-month hearing in the Villaggio Mall fire case. A fifth defendant was handed down five years in jail, while two of the seven defendants were cleared of all charges…Those convicted include two co-owners of Gympanzee and the owner and manager of the mall. The mall’s assistant manager and head of security were cleared of all charges. All the five will get 15 days to appeal and will remain out of custody until the appeal process is completed...The court also ordered payment of blood money of QR200,000 each to families of all the 19 victims. It referred the case to the civil court to decide on other financial claims, including material and emotional damages, by the families…