Burkina Faso: Bar Association offers free legal help to families of Air Algerie crash victims

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkina Faso Bar Association is to give free legal assistance to families of victims of the Air Algerie crash who want to institute civil action in the case, according to a statement released on Friday.

"The Bar Association of Burkina Faso is committed to assist all families who wish to bring a civil action by putting in place a team of lawyers that will help them with court proceedings and enable them to access the investigation material," according to the statement signed by the Dean of the Bar Association of Burkina Faso, Mr. Mamadou Traoré.

Air Algerie flight AH 5017 from Ouagadougou to Algiers crashed on the night of 23 July in northern Mali, 50 km north of the border with Burkina Faso with 118 people on board. There were no survivors. The victims came from 16 countries, including 54 French and 28 Burkinabe.

"Many victims are our friends, our parents, our professional relations. One of them is the daughter of one of our colleagues," said Mr. Traoré who added that "this is a way to bring our modest contribution by technically assisting families."

The public prosecutor’s offices of Burkina Faso and France have already opened criminal investigations for "manslaughter, carelessness, negligence or failure to comply with obligation of prudence and security imposed by law or regulation".

Analysis of the data in the black boxes started on Friday in Paris.

French gendarmes have also arrived in Ouagadougou to collect the DNA of relatives of victims to identify the remains of the victims.

01 august 2014 21:36:59

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