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14 Feb 2015

Peter Kovessy & Riham Sheble, Doha News (Qatar)

Tears as TV footage of Villaggio fire played in Qatar appeal court

…[D]uring Thursday’s hearing, the court revisited some of the main issues raised during the criminal trial…This included whether Gympanzee was licensed as a nursery or a playroom for children…[The] defense lawyer…highlighted discrepancies in maintenance reports that some said showed the water pumps connected to the mall’s fire suppression system were in need of repair…[A] Civil Defense employee testified seeing inspection reports before the fire that stated some of the interior decorations inside Villaggio were made of flammable materials that would emit toxic fumes if burned. The mall had been instructed to change the decorations in order to meet building regulations…The next hearing is scheduled for March 30…