Schiphol fire convict released

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31 October 2007, THE HAGUE (AFP) - A Libyan man sentenced to three years in prison for starting a fire that killed 11 illegal immigrants at Amsterdam airport's detention centre in 2005 was released Tuesday, a court statement said.

31 October 2007

THE HAGUE (AFP) - A Libyan man sentenced to three years in prison for starting a fire that killed 11 illegal immigrants at Amsterdam airport's detention centre in 2005 was released Tuesday, a court statement said.

Ahmed al-Jeballi threw a cigarette butt in his cell at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, but it was never established if his action was premeditated or not.

He was sentenced to three years in June 2007 but appealed the verdict and the Amsterdam court decided to free him Tuesday while he is waiting for the appeal judgement.

During the night of 26 October 2005, the entire wing of the detention centre at the airport went up in flames, causing the deaths of 11 illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. Two women and nine men died while nearly 300 others were injured in the blaze. The victims were from Ukraine, Turkey, Surinam, Dominica, Bulgaria, Libya and Romania.

According to the report of an independent commission published in September 2006 the state of the buildings was unsatisfactory, especially the security conditions, as the detention centre also hosted drug traffickers caught at the airport.

[Copyright AFP 2007]
 
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