16 Feb 2016

Hopes for retrial for Doha triplets' death

8:27 pm on 16 February 2016

A court ruling that could mean a retrial in the case of two-year-old New Zealand triplets killed in a mall fire in Doha might finally bring some justice, their parents say.

The triplets - Lillie, Jackson and Willsher Weekes - were among 19 people who died in the fire in 2012. Ten other children died, as did four nursery staff members and two firefighters.

An emergency exit was blocked and flammable materials had been used throughout the nursery.

The Weekes triplets.

The triplets were among the 19 people that died in the fire in May 2012. Photo: SUPPLIED

In October, the Qatari Appeal Court threw out involuntary manslaughter convictions against the Vallagio Mall's owners and managers - but the country's highest court has now overturned that.

The triplets' father, Martin Weekes, who spoke to Checkpoint with John Campbell with his wife Jayne, said he wanted someone held accountable.

"At least having a verdict that says you are accountable, you are responsible - whether that translates into some form of punishment, that's not the issue.

"Buildings have to be made safe, the public have to be taken care of and that it won't happen again."

Mr Weekes said today's decision was likely to be appealed.

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