No more prosecutions over Schiphol fire

The public prosecution department has decided not to take action against civil servants, council officials and prison staff involved in the fire at Schiphol deportation centre in 2005 in which 11 people were killed.

The official report into the fire said staff at the detention centre were not properly prepared to deal with an emergency, that building regulations had been ignored and that the centre should not have been given a licence to operate in the first place.
Wednesday’s decision means only one person has been taken to court over the blaze. One of the detainees at the centre, a Libyan man who was injured in the fire, has been jailed for three years for starting it with a cigarette.

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