Pre-Inquest Review Into Deaths of 30 British Tourists Killed in Terrorist Attack in Sousse‎, Tunisia

Lawyers Representing Families Of Those Killed In June 2015 Seek Answers

01.03.2016

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Specialist international personal injury lawyers representing the families of 16 British citizens killed during a terrorist attack near Sousse, Tunisia, in June last year say the latest Pre-Inquest review at the Royal Courts of Justice represents a significant step forward as the scope and date of the full hearing was clarified.
 
The 2nd Pre-Inquest Review hearing concerning the deaths of the 30 British nationals who were killed during the attack took place at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London, on 1st March 2016.
 
Clive Garner, head of international Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell, representing families of those killed, said: 

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“Today has been a significant step forward in the Inquest proceedings. The Coroner has now clearly established the scope of his forthcoming inquiry into the deaths of the 30 British tourists who lost their lives in such tragic circumstances in Sousse.

“We welcome the Coroner’s decision to examine the security arrangements at the Riu Imperial Marhaba hotel at the time of the incident in June 2015 and in the months leading up to it. Given the escalation in terrorist activity in Tunisia prior to the attack, there are serious concerns about the level of security precautions at the hotel. The families and friends of those who were killed deserve to have a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones and we are optimistic that this will occur.

“Obviously nothing can bring back those who lost their lives in such tragic circumstances, but the families we represent are seeking to have their questions answered and for lessons to be learned to reduce the risk of a similar incident occurring in the future.”
Clive Garner, Partner

The Coroner also ordered today that the Inquest hearing will commence on 16 January 2017
 
Families of those who were killed are hoping the inquest process will provide answers as to exactly what happened in the attack and the circumstances leading up to it and have instructed expert lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to represent them. On 26 June 2015, a gunman, identified as Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi attacked tourists at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel and the adjoining Beach at the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui. In total 38 people were killed, with many more suffering gunshot wounds and other serious injuries.
 
Suzanne Richards from Wednesbury in the Midlands is the mother of Joel Richards, daughter of Pat Evans and sister of Adrian Evans who were killed in the attack, she said: “We were left distraught and heartbroken following the tragic events in Tunisia and I think it is likely we will never fully come to terms with what happened. We just hope the inquest process can shed some light on exactly what happened so that my family and all the grieving families can begin to understand how their loved ones died and whether more could have been done to protect them. Nothing can turn back the clock but it is important to us to find out if any lessons can be learned to try to prevent similar heart-breaking devastation in future.”
 
At the first pre-inquest review in November 2015 His Honour Judge Loraine-Smith set out that the full inquests would include:

  • portraits of the deceased
  • information on the gunman or gunmen, the preparations for the shootings and their movements on the day of the shootings
  • The events on the day, including the movements of the individual deceased and the emergency response
  • Forensics and analysis of the scene
  • The adequacy of the travel advice offered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the travel companies. 

Specialist International Personal Injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, who also represent many injured survivors of the attack confirm that they hope the Inquests will provide the families of those who were killed with the information they want about exactly what happened both during the attack and in the lead up to the tragedy.
 
The attack in June came less than two years after a suicide bomber died on Sousse beach and three months after a terrorist attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis resulted in the deaths of 20 foreign tourists.
 
Clive Garner and the same specialist team of lawyers at Irwin Mitchell also represent the families of BP employees who lost their lives in January 2013 at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria, when 39 foreign nationals were held hostage and then killed following an attack by an Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group.
 
Lawyers from Irwin Mitchell have also represented victims and the families of those killed in other terrorist attacks including 9/11 (New York), 7/7 (London), the IRA bombing of Manchester city centre, and Pan Am flight 103 (Lockerbie).

Read more about Irwin Mitchell's expertise in representing terrorist attack victims.