The astonishing Villaggio trial verdict

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Last Thursday brought astonishing news. The verdict in the Villaggio fire trial – the trial of those accused of negligence leading to the deaths of 19 people in Doha’s Villaggio Mall last year – was announced, and it was one we hadn’t expected. Five of the defendants were given jail terms for involuntary manslaughter, including Qatar’s Ambassador to Belgium and his wife, the daughter of Qatar’s culture minister.

With the help of our translator Riham, who was outside the court, I broke the story first on Twitter, and wrote and updated the story for Doha News throughout the day. Here‘s the story in full.

The convicted five are still out pending an appeal, which could take up to 12 months.

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