Coroner criticises Qatari authorities for lack of co-operation over inquest

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UK coroner has criticised the Qatari authorities for a lack of awareness which was “little doubt … an added supply of misery” to the household of a younger lady who was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Beautician Rafaelle Tsakanika, 21, from Cambridge, was the entrance seat passenger of a gray Toyota Land Cruiser which was struck from behind by a rushing white car, of the identical make and mannequin, an inquest in Peterborough heard on Wednesday.

The collision triggered the car she was travelling in, within the quick lane of a four-lane carriageway close to Doha, to lose management and overturn on March 30, 2019.

Simon Milburn, space coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, apologised to Ms Tsakanika’s mother and father for having “not been in a position to offer you the entire solutions you wished”.

He mentioned that “in very massive half has been as a result of lack of detailed forensic data that got here out of Qatar”.

The coroner mentioned: “The Qatari paperwork offered don’t, sadly, present an correct time and site of Raffy’s dying.

“The dearth of that data has little doubt been an added supply of misery to Raffy’s household.”

The coroner mentioned that potential witnesses based mostly in Qatar took no half in proceedings “regardless of makes an attempt to interact by the coroner’s service”.

He mentioned that accounts taken by the Qatari authorities have been “with out exception transient and missing in vital element” and had not translated effectively into English.

He recorded that Ms Tsakanika, generally known as Raffy, died from traumatic head and belly accidents.

He concluded that her dying was the results of a street site visitors collision, and that it was “triggered when the car through which she was travelling was struck from behind by a second car travelling at extra pace inflicting the previous to lose management and overturn”.

He added: “The second car didn’t cease on the scene.”

Mr Milburn mentioned that the white car, pushed by Mubarak Al Hajri, was “travelling considerably quicker” than the gray car, which was pushed by Ms Tsakanika’s pal Mohammed Ahmed Hussein Ali Al Majid.

Mr Milburn mentioned that Al Hajri’s car was travelling “considerably in extra” of the 120km per hour (75 miles per hour) pace restrict.

He mentioned Al Hajri “had ‘flashed’ a variety of autos travelling forward of him in an try and get them to maneuver out of his manner”.

At 12.06am a pace digicam clocked Al Hajri’s car travelling at 191km/h (118mph), exhibiting it undamaged, and a second digicam captured it at 181km/h (112mph) at 12.12am exhibiting “injury per a collision”, Mr Milburn mentioned.

“Sadly neither pace digicam location nor the photographs taken have ever been offered by the Qatari authorities,” mentioned Mr Milburn.

He advised Wednesday’s listening to that the fabric that was offered by the Qatari authorities was “removed from ideally suited”, with detailed descriptions of the collision scene and of autos not offered.

He mentioned {that a} UK forensic collision investigator, instructed by the coroner, was given a “small variety of comparatively poor high quality pictures taken throughout the dead nights on March 30 2019 after the incident”.

The investigator tried to make use of video footage and pictures “offered by household following the drive via with police” eight or 9 days after the incident.

The coroner mentioned that the conclusions of the forensic collision investigator within the UK “weren’t reached with the advantage of the fullest data”.

“The truth that ‘the fullest data’ was not out there is solely as a result of restricted help supplied by the Qatari authorities both as a result of a full forensic investigation was by no means carried out or, if it was, the outcomes of that investigation have by no means been offered to this courtroom or to Raffy’s household,” mentioned Mr Milburn.

Ms Tsakanika’s stepfather Donal Sullivan, a building specialist who was concerned in work on World Cup stadiums in Qatar, advised an earlier listening to that he discovered his daughter’s physique in a hospital morgue, having began to go looking wards himself after being “handed from pillar to put up” by police.

Mr Milburn mentioned: “With none help from the authorities they have been proven their daughter’s physique – it’s troublesome to even start to think about the horror of that have.”

Court docket paperwork, seen by the PA information company, present that instructor Mubarak Al Hajri, then aged 46, was convicted in Qatari courts of inflicting Ms Tsakanika’s dying, inflicting critical accidents to her pal, driving in a manner that endangered lives, fleeing the scene of an accident and rushing.

He was sentenced to 2 months in jail and ordered to pay compensation to Ms Tsakanika’s household.

Jo Sullivan, Raffy’s mom, mentioned after the inquest: “This has been probably the most horrendous three and a half years of our lives.

“We’re empty shells of our actual selves and are nonetheless struggling to return to phrases with the truth that Raffy will not be right here.”

She continued: “Having supported that terrible nation as they have been trying to affix the worldwide stage as a significant participant, I can’t imagine the way in which the Qataris handled us from the second we discovered Raffy lifeless within the hospital mortuary ourselves, with nobody in authority providing to assist us when she went lacking.

“What sort of nation would make mother and father scour hospital wards themselves to search out their lacking daughter.

“The ultimate straw, nevertheless, in our distress was the Qataris not serving to the coroner along with his inquiry.

“The Qataris appear decided to sentence us to a lifetime of not understanding how Raffy died.

“All I can do now could be warn the world what this nation is de facto like as they attempt to persuade us all to deal with them like an actual member of the worldwide neighborhood.

“No respectable nation treats human beings this fashion.”

Donal Sullivan, Raffy’s stepfather, mentioned that “have been it not for expat associates in Qatar, our legal professionals and our adviser Radd Seiger, we wouldn’t have even received this far”.

Household adviser and spokesman Mr Seiger mentioned it was “clear” that the coroner “did his very best in troublesome circumstances with each arms tied behind his again with out cooperation from the Qataris”.

He mentioned the coroner had “fairly rightly been scathing in regards to the lack of cooperation from the Qatari authorities and I’m shocked that nobody on the FCDO has seen match to succeed in out to us to elucidate what they will do to rectify the scenario”.

He has known as for Overseas Secretary James Cleverly to fulfill him and Raffy’s household “to debate what’s going to be completed about this and the way we’re going to give Raffy’s household some peace”.

An Overseas Workplace spokesperson mentioned: “We’ve got offered help to the household of a lady who died in Qatar in 2019 and raised her case with the Qatari authorities at a senior stage.

“We stand prepared to supply additional consular help as acceptable.”


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