Terror victims’ families to sue Tui

Relatives of tourists killed in Tunisia to sue operator
Relatives of tourists killed in the Tunisia beach terror attack of June 2015 say they plan to sue Tui, following a ruling in a London court that the victims were unlawfully killed.
Coroner Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith rejected calls from some relatives to rule that neglect by Tui or the owners of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse had played a role in the deaths.
“On behalf of our clients who lost members of their family and those who suffered in this terrible incident, we will now be preparing to commence civil proceedings against Tui for damages,” said Kylie Hutchison, from the solicitors Irwin Mitchell. “Further submissions will now also be made to the coroner aimed at preventing future deaths.”
Nick Longman, Tui UK’s managing director, said outside the court: “We will deal with the civil case as and when it arises.”
He also read out a statement following the outcome of the inquest: “We have now heard the coroner’s findings and his comments regarding the provision of security and visibility of travel advice. These are complex matters and we have already taken steps to raise awareness of the [UK Foreign Office’s] Travel Aware campaign. Together with the travel industry in light of these comments we must now take some time to further reflect on these areas.”
The coroner overseeing inquests into 30 of the British victims of the Sousse beach massacre branded the police who dealt with the incident “at best shambolic and at worst cowardly”.
After a six-week long hearing, Loraine-Smith said: “I accept there were deficiencies – some of them appreciable. But there was not a clear direct causal link between them and their [the victims’] deaths. The what-ifs are endless. The police were at best shambolic and at worst cowardly and certainly completely ineffective.”
He added: “Nothing that the hotel might have done or could have done would have more than possibly made a difference. Armed guards could not have done much to deal with a terrorist armed with a Kalashnikov.”
He mentioned a “large number of deficiencies” including insufficient guards at the hotel – there were only three guards on duty at the time of the attack – as well as not having enough CCTV cameras and a lack of an evacuation plan.
TTG Digital / TTG Nordic

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