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Qatar government refusing to release fire report

The father of triplets killed in a fire in a Qatar mall says the government is refusing to release its report into the incident.

 
 

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THE father of triplets killed in a fire in a Qatar mall says the government is refusing to release its report into the incident.

Both Martin Weekes and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs have asked for the report, but have been ignored.

Mr Weekes’ children Lillie, Willsher and Jackson died in the mall fire in May last year.

He understands the report has not been given to the court as well.

“This is the eighth trial and we still don’t have a copy of the investigation report,”  he told Fairfax NZ .

“The main piece of critical evidence that the government has produced has not been used in the court, instead you’ve got vague testimonies from people.”

Representatives of the 19 people who died as well as representatives from their countries of origin met with Qatar’s attorney general in January and repeated their request.

The government released few details from the report last year.

It said the fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring in a light in a Nike store, which was next to the day-care centre the triplets were in.

Mr Weekes said the attorney general said they would receive the report.

Qatar’s Ministry of Business and Trade is alleged to have failed to inspect the day care facility for three years.

The Ministry of Interior was allegedly fined a number of times for using highly flammable material in the mall.

Neither are defendants in the case.

The hearing was postponed four times before all defendants, including the day care centre’s owner, turned up to court.

 
 

 
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