Philippine court convicts 9 for country's worst fire

2014-11-20 13:25
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Manila - A Philippine court on Thursday convicted nine people of graft offences related to a disco fire that killed 162 people 18 years ago.

The March 1996 fire that gutted the Ozone Dance Club in Manila's suburban city of Quezon was considered the worst in the Philippines. Most of the victims were high school students celebrating their graduation.

The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court sentenced two owners of the disco and seven former city engineers to between six years and 10 years in prison.

The charges stemmed from allegations that two stockholders connived with the former city engineers to allow the Ozone Dance Club to operate without adequate safety precautions.

In its ruling, the court said the city engineers "gave unwarranted and preferential advantage" to Ozone's owners and failed to detect structural and safety deficiencies in the disco.

The defendants have 15 days to appeal their conviction with the Supreme Court.

The two disco owners were convicted of reckless imprudence resulting into multiple homicides and attempted homicides in March 2001.

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