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LANI ROSE R DIZON
DOHA A DAY after tragedy struck the Villaggio mall, Minister of Justice HE Hasan bin Abdullah al Ghanem assured that the administration would get to the truth behind the accident and see to it that the bereaved families get justice.
“You can be 100 percent sure justice will prevail,” he told Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of a prayer vigil held at the Aspire Park on Tuesday to mourn the victims of the tragedy that left 19 persons dead and 17 hurt.
Director of HH the Emir’s Office HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani was present at the vigil.
Assuring the public that justice will prevail for the victims of the incident and their families, Ghanem said, “The Deputy Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani has given the high-level committee headed by Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority HE Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah one week to investigate this accident.
“So, by the end of one week we’ll get the findings including the cause of the accident and how it all happened. We are all concerned why this had happened and why there were so many casualties including so many children in just one place. You can be sure that 100 percent justice will prevail. The case is being probed under the Qatari law. We are very sure that we will get to the truth in this case,” he asserted. He was all praise for the way the community at large reacted to the tragedy.
“Everybody is sad and concerned about the accident and the residents are responding as one community. They are not concerned about the nationalities of the victims.
Everybody wants to help.
“I hope this will not affect the residents negatively.
Accidents happen but we have to be sure that this kind of accident will not happen again. Qatar is peaceful and safe. We don’t have big accidents or high crime rates. I hope this will not have a negative impact”, he added. Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari said lifelong lessons taken from the tragedy included paying the utmost attention to safety.
“We are very sorry about what happened,” he said, adding “I think words cannot express our feelings. Above all, nothing can compensate those who have lost dear ones.
“I’m here as a member of society. Today there’s no difference between an official and citizen, Qatari and a non-Qatari, an Arab and a non-Arab. All play very important roles in Qatar’s development. So their happiness is our happiness and their sorrow is our sorrow”.