Third Pre Inquest Review Into Deaths Of British Tourists Killed in Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

Lawyers Representing Families Of Those Killed In June 2015 Seek Answers


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The 3rd Pre-Inquest review (PIR) into the deaths of 30 British citizens killed during the terrorist attack near Sousse, Tunisia last June is due to take place at 11 am on 25th May at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London

The latest PIR will include consideration as to how information is shared with the families affected as well as the structure of the full Inquests and the evidence due to be presented.

A computerised model of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel is being created and the Inquest Team has received hours of video footage from media outlets including the BBC, ITV and Sky.

The full Inquest hearing is scheduled to commence on 16 January 2017.

Specialist international personal injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are representing the families of 17 people killed during the attack as well as many of those who were left injured.

The families of the deceased are hoping the inquest process will provide answers as to exactly what happened in the attack, the circumstances leading up to it and whether more could have been done to protect their loved ones.

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.

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.

Expert Opinion
“It is almost a year on from this terrible tragedy and the victims’ families are still trying to come to terms with losing their loved ones.

Obviously nothing can bring back those who lost their lives in Sousse, but the families who we represent rightly want to have their questions answered. There is much that they still want to understand, including the details of what happened before and during the incident and whether more could have been done to prevent the tragic loss of life at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel and the adjoining beach.”
Clive Garner, Partner

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 devastated and heartbroken following the tragic events in Tunisia and we will never come to terms with what happened. We just hope the inquest process can shed some light on exactly what happened so that 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 is important to us to find out if any lessons can be learned to try to prevent similar heart-breaking devastation in the future.”

During the first two pre-inquest reviews it was determined that the full inquests would include:

  1. Portraits of the deceased
  2. The security in place at Sousse beach and at the hotel on 26 June 2015, including the arrangements in place immediately preceding the attack on the Bardo Museum on 18 March 2015 and any changes made following that attack.
  3. Information on the gunman or gunmen, the preparations for the shootings and their movements on the day of the shootings
  4. The events on the day, including the movements of the individual deceased and the emergency response by all involved (including the authorities and the hotel)
  5. Forensics and analysis of the scene
  6. The adequacy of the travel advice offered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the travel companies.

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).