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Family Of Algerian Hostage Attack Victim Wants Answers

Lawyers Representing The Family of Senior BP Executive Killed following A Terrorist attack In Algeria Hope Inquest will Provide Answers About What Happened


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Lawyers representing the family of a senior BP Executive who died when a faction of Al-Qaeda stormed a gas plant in Algeria just over one year ago say that they hope that an inquest investigating the deaths of the victims will provide the family with answers as to exactly what happened.

The pre-inquest hearing in respect of the deaths of seven men will be heard at the Council Chamber, Crawley Town Hall on 28th January 2014 at 2pm.

Around 800 people were taken hostage at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria (the largest such facility in the country) on 16 January 2013, with more than 65 killed as gun battles took place between terrorists and the Algerian military over the next 2 days.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell is representing the family of Carlos Estrada, a Senior Vice President for BP which jointly operates the plant along with the Algerian state oil company ‘Sonatrach’, and Norway’s ‘Statoil’. Mr. Estrada, who had worked for BP for 18 years and had risen to the position of Vice President of Non–Operated Assets, was on his first business trip to the In Amenas gas plant, when he was taken hostage by the terrorists and during his time in captivity he was killed.

His family, who live in Chelsea, London, and their lawyers are asking the coroner at a pre-inquest review hearing to investigate exactly what happened as one-year-on they still don’t know exactly how he died.
Clive Garner, Head of International Travel law and Group Actions at Irwin Mitchell and representing Mr Estrada’s family said:

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Many families from across the world were left devastated by the terrible events and the dreadful loss of life that occurred at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria last year. 65 people lost their lives in the most tragic circumstances.

“This inquest is an opportunity to provide the vital answers that Mr. Estrada’s family, and the families of other victims, desperately need.

“It is now over a year since Mr Estrada died and his family still do not know exactly what happened to him and how this tragedy occurred. It is hoped that that the Inquest will help the families who lost their loved ones understand exactly what happened so that lessons can be learnt in case of any similar incidents in future.”
Clive Garner, Partner

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