Saudi Arabia says it is taking ‘significant steps to harness science’ at UN forum

MARSEILLE: The aircraft was damaged off the Comoros, June 30, 2009, killing 152 people: Monday opens in Paris the trial of Yemenia, the airline. But for Saïd Assoumani, president of the association of victims, it will first be the trial of “trash planes”.

Question: “This trial comes 13 years after the tragedy. What happened to the families of the victims during all this time?”

Answer: “Thirteen years is a long time. It’s psychologically, morally and even physically exhausting. There are several reasons why it took so long: the big protagonists in this affair, Yemen, Yemenia, the Comoros and even, to a lesser extent, France, did not really want to cooperate in the investigation.On the civil level, in terms of reparations, it was the insurers’ lawyers who made sure to block each procedure, which explains why today not all families are compensated, only two-thirds, which is scandalous, it’s not human. But after thirteen years of waiting and impatience, finally the criminal trial is For us, this is the main objective of our fight, this is the opportunity that will allow us to establish the different responsibilities at all levels”.

Q: “You point the responsibility of Yemenia, in what way did it fail in its obligations?”

A: “We never wanted to put this accident on the back of fate. It will be the trial of + garbage planes +, the trial of shortcomings, of irresponsibility, which means that, with the race for profits, we arrive to tragedies. These companies manage to get around the system with planes that meet European standards, particularly in France, Roissy and Marseille, but these are not direct flights. We change planes along the way. he was in Sanaa, Yemen, and that’s where the problem begins. We get on ‘junk planes’ which would never pass the checks in Europe. Also, we have to talk about the crew, the pilots: to make the flights, they used + false pilots +, who did not have the necessary training, who did not have the necessary experience. At that precise moment (Editor’s note: during the landing in Moroni), a maneuver was needed on sight, that is to say without electronic or radar assistance, so there it is the skill of the pilot which is in first place th line”.

Q: “This crash happened barely a month after another accident that marked France: that of Air France’s Rio-Paris. Did you live in the shadow of this crash?”

A: “We had the feeling of being treated like second-class French people, because we could see that the two files were not progressing at the same pace: ours was stagnant, while the other file was progressing on the level of the criminal investigation and on the civil level of the requests for reparation. But today, 13 years later, we are still at the same level, because their trial will be in October. The French instructors have worked hard to ensure that ‘we are coming to this criminal trial today, with an investigation that was very complicated, with people who were not cooperative at all, so we nevertheless salute this work. There are approximately 560 civil parties, whereas we are almost nearly 1,000 beneficiaries in this case, because only the beneficiaries of French victims are represented. This is a very, very serious problem, it is not normal that some of the victims are abandoned There was an accident in this state of Comoros, and yet no judicial information there was opened, it’s something unimaginable, it’s something scandalous”.

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Saudi Arabia says it is taking ‘significant steps to harness science’ at UN forum

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