[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Languages
Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2006, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Dutch government blamed for fire
Schiphol airport
The immigrants died in a detention centre at Schiphol airport
An independent inquiry has blamed the Dutch authorities for the deaths of 11 illegal immigrants in a fire at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

The report says the Dutch justice ministry had been warned the airport's prison complex was a fire risk.

The building did not meet requirements for fire safety, and there were no guards on duty when the fire broke out last October.

Lawyers for the victims' relatives say they may sue the government.

The leaked report said that the government and the local council were responsible for safety failures before and during the fire.

Opposition MPs said the conclusions of the investigation by the independent Safety Standards Council were shocking.

The document is to be made public at the end of September.


SEE ALSO
Detainees killed in Dutch blaze
27 Oct 05 |  Europe

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific