It has been 5 long months since our children and many other loved ones died in aneedless fire at Villagio. An avoidable tragedy that shouldn't have happened. And aresponse to the disaster that has made it worse.We still have the same questions. And every day we wait to get answers. And everyday our pain is greater.
We have followed the Qatari judicial system. At every hearing, we as families are inattendance. Our Government's and our Embassy representatives are in attendance.The media is in attendance.
Yet, after three initial hearings a number of defendants have still to show us asvictims, and the State of Qatar as the prosecutors, the decency to attend court andface judgment.
As the victims we have shown more respect to the legal system than many of thedefendants. It is also shocking to us that the Qatari defendants are the ones whohave shown the most disrespect to both our children and the court.
This is made worse by one defendant, who we once trusted with the lives of ourchildren and some once
considered a friend, is still to appear at court. Does she not have any humanity?This is unacceptable. It is hurtful to us. It is making our grief and pain worse. It ismaking us question the legitimacy of the system that we have been asked to dependon to get answers.
We cannot understand how one defendant has not been found and made to attendcourt. These defendants were bailed by the authorities on the condition they attendthe court hearing. People know where she is. It is not difficult to issue a summons.The world is watching this legal process. The world is asking questions. The world iswaiting to see Qatari justice stand up for those innocents that died so cruelly. It istime now for those answers.This isn't just about getting justice for all of those who died - our children, theteachers, and the rescuers. This trial is also important for the country. The trial isimportant for all citizens, residents and visitors to the country. It is essential that everyone learns what happened, what went wrong and more importantly to makesure it doesn't happen again.If we can't get answers from the courts we will continue to fight every day to get theanswers we deserve, and the answers you and the world need to know so ourchildren did not die in vain.