2 Oct 2012

Father urges Key to seek truth behind fatal mall fire

8:30 pm on 2 October 2012

The father of the triplets killed in a Qatar shopping mall fire earlier this year is urging Prime Minister John Key to talk to Qatar's head of state to find out the truth.

A Saudi-based news organisation, Al Arabiya, says it has documents from Syrian opposition sources showing Syria's President Bashar al-Assad might have planned the fire.

The two-year-old Weekes triplets died in the fire.

The two-year-old Weekes triplets died in the fire. Photo: WEEKES FAMILY

Nineteen people, including two-year-old Lillie, Jackson and Willsher Weekes, died in the fire at Doha's Villagio mall in May.

An official report found the fire started in the roof of a shop when a light failed and plastics in the vicinity were ignited by electrical wiring.

Mr Key says he has seen nothing so far to indicate that the fire was anything other than accidental but he is taking the news reports seriously and asking officials to investigate.

Martin Weekes says the only way for Mr Key to find out what happened is to talk at the highest level in Qatar.

He says his family is still no further towards finding out the truth and in four months has seen no official reports.