Comoros crash victims' kin criticise compensation plan

30th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Families of victims of the Yemenia Airlines plane crash in the Indian Ocean off the Comoros that killed 152 people a year ago accused the airline Wednesday of discriminatory compensation policies.

The compensation plan by the airline's insurer would pay out different amounts depending on the nationality of the victim and where they boarded the flight said a spokesman for the Comoran victims' families, Said Ahmed Elkabir.

"It is 10,000 to 20,000 euros (8,000-16,000 dollars) for French, 8,000 euros for those who boarded in Paris and 3,000 euros for the others," said Elkabir at a commemorative event outside capital Moroni to mark the first anniversary of the accident.

"It is not a question of money. One must respect our country and our dead," he added. "We would prefer to receive nothing than to accept this discrimination. It is unacceptable, Yemenia's insurers are scorning us."

The spokesman also criticised the Comoran government for not publishing the preliminary results of an inquiry into the crash, echoing a demand from the French government on Wednesday.

The Comoran minister for foreign affairs, Fahmi Said Ibrahim, said that publication was delayed after investigators asked for more analysis.

© 2010 AFP

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