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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 June 2006, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Pair face Bahrain capsize charges
The salvaged dhow
58 people died when the converted dhow sank
The captain and owner of a boat which capsized in Bahrain, killing 58 people including 15 Britons, have appeared in court in connection with the tragedy.

Captain Rajendrakumar Ramjibhai and owner Abdullah al-Qubaisi faced serious criminal charges at Bahrain's Lower Criminal Court.

The case was adjourned until 1 July to give defence lawyers time to prepare their case.

The converted dhow was carrying about 120 people when it capsized in March.

Most of those on board were employees of a South African-based firm, Murray and Roberts, which organised the cruise to celebrate completion of part of the Bahrain World Trade Centre towers.

Clive Garner, head of international travel litigation at law firm Irwin Mitchell, representing relatives of the British victims, said in a statement: "Questions do need to be answered by those who organised this event."

He said investigations were continuing into what happened on the day of the tragedy.


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