"Schiphol fire could have been accident"

14th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 May 2007, AMERSFOORT – It cannot be proven that the fire which broke out in the Schiphol detention centre in October 2005 was deliberately set. Lawyer Eduard Damman says this conclusion is contained in the technical investigation commissioned by the public prosecution department.

14 May 2007

AMERSFOORT – It cannot be proven that the fire which broke out in the Schiphol detention centre in October 2005 was deliberately set. Lawyer Eduard Damman says this conclusion is contained in the technical investigation commissioned by the public prosecution department.

Damman's comments confirm a report in De Pers today. The public prosecution department does not want to comment. The Schiphol fire killed 11 people who were being kept in aliens' detention at the airport.

The justice department suspects Libyan Achmed Al-J. of deliberately setting the fire in his cell. The report from engineering firm DGMR in Maastricht however sheds new light on the matter.

Al-J. is Damman's client and has always claimed that the fire in his cell started by accident when he flicked away a smouldering cigarette which then caused his bedclothes to catch fire.

Damman says the report writes that there "are no convincing indications" that the fire was deliberately set.

Damman says he is almost certain his client will be acquitted of arson. The 24-year-old Libyan will appear in court later this month.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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