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Posted On: 28 October 2012 12:14 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Justice in Qatar

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It has been 5 long months since our children and many other loved ones died in a needless fire at Villagio. An avoidable tragedy that shouldn't have happened. And a response to the disaster that has made it worse. We still have the same questions. And every day we wait to get answers. And every day our pain is greater. 
 We have followed the Qatari judicial system. At every hearing, we as families are in attendance. Our Government's and our Embassy representatives are in attendance. The media is in attendance. 

 Yet, after three initial hearings a number of defendants have still to show us as victims, and the State of Qatar as the prosecutors, the decency to attend court and face judgment. 

 As the victims we have shown more respect to the legal system than many of the defendants. It is also shocking to us that the Qatari defendants are the ones who have shown the most disrespect to both our children and the court. 

 This is made worse by one defendant, who we once trusted with the lives of our children and some once considered a friend, is still to appear at court. Does she not have any humanity? This is unacceptable. It is hurtful to us. It is making our grief and pain worse. It is making us question the legitimacy of the system that we have been asked to depend on to get answers. 

 We cannot understand how one defendant has not been found and made to attend court. These defendants were bailed by the authorities on the condition they attend the court hearing. People know where she is. It is not difficult to issue a summons. The world is watching this legal process. The world is asking questions. The world is waiting to see Qatari justice stand up for those innocents that died so cruelly. It is time now for those answers. This isn't just about getting justice for all of those who died - our children, the teachers, and the rescuers. This trial is also important for the country. The trial is important for all citizens, residents and visitors to the country. It is essential that everyone learns what happened, what went wrong and more importantly to make sure it doesn't happen again. If we can't get answers from the courts we will continue to fight every day to get the answers we deserve, and the answers you and the world need to know so our children did not die in vain.