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16 Feb 2016

Author:
Peter Kovessy, Doha News (Qatar)

Qatar: Court of Cassation overturns lower court decision to acquit Villaggio Mall manager & Gympanzee nursery co-owners over fatal fire

"Parents hope for 'justice' after Qatar court orders Villaggio fire retrial", 15 Feb 2016

Five people who were convicted and then acquitted of involuntary manslaughter following the deadly 2012 Villaggio Mall fire will again face trial for their roles in the tragedy, Qatar's highest court has ruled.

The Court of Cassation said this morning that it is overturning an October decision by the appeal court to acquit the defendants and ordering a retrial, legal sources said.

The latest ruling means that Villaggio's chairman and manager, a municipal employee and the co-owners of Gympanzee daycare, where 19 people died will now face a third trial. The case is expected to be heard by the Court of Appeal...

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