Hala Istanbul Restaurant Explosion: Four Men Get Jail Terms

A lower criminal court has sentenced four people to jail terms in the Hala Istanbul Restaurant explosion case, The Peninsula reports.

The blast that occurred on February 27 last year left 11 people dead and over 30 individuals injured. The court also fined the convicts and ordered them to pay blood money to family members of the deceased.

The first and second convicts have been sentenced to five-year imprisonment, while the third and fourth were handed two years.

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The explosion was the second major accident in Qatar after a fire at Villaggio that killed 19 people in 2012.

All the four convicts are expatriates. The first is an Asian who works as a supervisor in Woqod and the second an Arab national, a general supervisor at Qatargas.

The third convict is a baker and the fourth a cashier at the restaurant.

The court also ordered the first and second convicts to pay a fine of QR10,000 each, while the other two will pay a fine of QR6,000 each.

Additionally, the first and second convicts will pay QR60,000 in blood money to the family of each of the dead and the third and fourth accused will pay dependents of the deceased QR40,000 each. The blood money will be distributed to family members as per Shariah law, Al Sharq reports.
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Source News: Qatar Living