The daughter and son-in-law of Qatar’s candidate for top UNESCO post were charged, sentenced and eventually acquitted for a 2012 Doha mall fire that killed 13 children and four adults.
Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, Qatar’s former minister of culture, was announced as one of nine short-listed candidates for the post of UNESCO director-general.
His daughter, Iman Hamad al-Kuwari and her husband Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to Belgium, were co-owners of the Gympanzee nursery. Both al-Kuwari and al-Thani remained abroad and in their diplomatic post despite having been convicted of manslaughter in 2014. They were acquitted a year later.
On April 25 this year, an appeals court judge reversed the convictions and decided the none of the five defendants – including al-Kuwari and al-Thani – would serve any jail time.
The judge's five-hour verdict blamed the nursery’s staff – all four of whom perished in the fire – for failing to break through a blocked exit door in order to rescue the toddlers.
Independent news website Doha News reported at the time that relatives of the victims stormed out of the court after hearing the verdict.
None of the accused – including al-Kuwari and al-Thani – were in court.
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