No prison term for fire that killed 11

15th August 2009, Comments 1 comment

A Libyan man suspected of causing a fatal fire in a detention centre at Schiphol airport is unlikely to go to jail even if he is convicted.

Amsterdam - A Libyan man suspected of causing a fatal fire in a detention centre at Schiphol airport is unlikely to go to jail even if he is convicted.

A Libyan man suspected of causing a fatal fire in a detention centre at Schiphol airport is unlikely to go to jail even if he is convicted.

 
The public prosecutor is demanding a 2 year, 24 day jail term for Ahmed al-J. (surname withheld), but he already spent that time in custody. The court will pronounce sentence in two weeks.
 
The prosecutor says it has been proven that the Libyan set fire to his cell in the detention centre in October 2005. He is said to have carelessly thrown a cigarette stub onto his bed linen. The fire spread and killed eleven detainees.
 
The detention centre at Amsterdam's airport housed people who were in the Netherlands illegally and were awaiting extradition. The deaths sparked a heated debate about the safety conditions in the centre.
 
A reconstruction by the National Safety Council in 2006 of the events leading up to the fire yielded the conclusion that many deaths could have been avoided if guards and rescue services had acted according to the rules. The case led to some political fallout when Housing Minister Sybilla Dekker and Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner accepted political responsibility for the disaster and resigned in September 2006.


Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • mbmordechai posted:

    on 16th August 2009, 13:21:19 - Reply

    THIS MAN HAS MURDERED PEOPLE KNOWING IN ADVANCE THE PLANNING, PREMEDITATED. I ASK WHY A SHORT SENTENCE WITH TIME SERVERED?