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29 Nov 2012

Doha News (Qatar)

Villaggio fire trial postponed after lawyers ask Nike to be charged; defendants plead not guilty

Not guilty…was the plea entered by all defendants in today’s criminal hearing to determine responsibility in the Villaggio fire deaths...But the trial was postponed until Dec. 19 after defense lawyers asked judges to bring charges against Nike…Civil Defense and insurance company representatives were also requested to be added to the list. Prosecutors opposed the move, but judges said it would be taken under consideration…A few weeks after the May 28 fire, Nike released the following statement…: “Nike is deeply saddened by the deaths three weeks ago at the Villagio Mall in Qatar and our sympathies go out to the families involved. Nike is aware that the investigative report into the fire has been completed…and the Nike store, owned and operated by our Middle East distributor, was part of the investigation. Nike is seeking further clarity around a number of elements raised in the report before providing further comment.”…[Also refers to Gympanzee Nursery]