Restaurant blast case hearing adjourned

May 23, 2014 - 4:44:20 am

DOHA: The criminal court hearing the Hala Istanbul restaurant blast case of late last February adjourned the trial on Wednesday and asked Ooredoo to furnish details of the calls the second accused had made to the restaurant owner.

The second accused, an Egyptian, is an employee of the company that supplied cooking gas to the eatery and was responsible for the maintenance of the gas supply systems at the outlet, Arabic daily Al Raya reports.

He has been charged by the prosecution with issuing certificates suggesting that the maintenance of the cooking gas tank was done without visiting the outlet and conducting proper checks.

There are four accused who have been charged with negligence, causing the death of several people.

The first is an Indian supervisor of Woqod, while the third and fourth are Turkish staff of the restaurant, including a cashier.

The eatery was located on Q-Mart Petrol Station premises near Landmark Mall. The blast took place due to leaking cooking gas from a pizza oven that had been left open. The restaurant was closed when the blast occurred at 10.11am. It had been shut for several hours from about 2am, so it was filled with the leaking gas. A spark from some appliance, probably a refrigerator, ignited the gas, the investigating team had announced. 

At least 11 people died, including staff of nearby shops.

The court also adjourned cross-examination of witnesses and asked them to bring injury certificates and directed the Capital Police to provide the footage of CCTV of the restaurant. 

The Peninsula

comments powered by Disqus