NZ parents get new hope over Doha deaths

  • 17/02/2016
The Weekes triplets
The Weekes triplets

The parents of Kiwi triplets killed in a fire at a mall in Doha mall more than three years ago are hopeful someone will finally be found accountable for their deaths.

Qatar's highest court has ordered the five people who were convicted and then acquitted of involuntary manslaughter over the 2012 fire that killed 19 people to face trial again.

The Court of Cassation this week overturned a decision by the Court of Appeal in October to acquit the defendants - the mall's chairman and manager, a government employee and the co-owners of Gympanzee daycare.

They were originally handed jail terms of between five to six years before appealing.

The legal case centred on Villaggio's level of culpability and whether the daycare centre was properly licensed.

New Zealand-born two-year-old triplets Lillie, Jackson and Willsher Weekes were being looked after at the mall's daycare centre.

"We've got hope," their father Martin Weekes told Newshub.

""One step forward, two steps back, this is three steps forward. So [the new trial] is positive news."

An official investigation found the fire in the Villaggio mall was sparked by faulty light wiring in a sporting goods store which then spread.

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