Inmate’s cigarette did start Schiphol fire

5th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Report backs up Dutch court findings that airport blaze in 2005 was started by a cigarette end.

Amsterdam – A report by researchers from the University of Lausanne has confirmed that the fire at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in 2005 was started by a cigarette end. The blaze in a detention centre at the airport resulted in the deaths of 11 inmates.

The report is confidential but has been seen by the Dutch NOS public service broadcaster.

The report was commissioned by the lawyer of the Libyan inmate who in 2007 was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for starting the blaze. The Dutch court judged that he did not start the fire deliberately.

His lawyer has rejected the report, arguing that the fire resulted from a technical problem at the detention centre and not his client's cigarette end. His appeal will be heard on Monday.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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