Villaggio fire trial postponed
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Villaggio fire trial postponed

Villaggio fire trial postponed

A criminal court in the Qatari capital, Doha, has adjourned for the fifth time the hearing to determine responsibility for the 19 deaths in the Villaggio mall fire last May 28, the Peninsula has reported. The court adjourned the hearing to December 19 on technical grounds as inheritance documents and power of attorney handed by the relatives of those who died in the inferno were not found in order. This was the first time since September 6, when the trial was originally slated to begin after the court reopened following a long summer break, that all the eight accused in the case turned up for the hearing. The mall's defence lawyers are exerting to bring charges against a shoe shop from where the fire is said to have begun, the report said, citing unnamed sources. The prosecution, however, is opposing the move as that would take part of the blame off the mall management, the sources said.

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