Dutch family of bomb victim files suit against Brussels Airport


The family of one of the bombing victims at Brussels Airport on 22 March have filed a lawsuit claiming negligence

Demarcation of roles

The family of one of the Dutch victims of the terrorist bombing at Brussels Airport on 22 March has started a legal action against the airport company for negligence. The lawsuit alleges that the airport did not do enough to protect passengers and is based in part on the claims of airport police regarding security problems.

Elita Weah, 41 from Deventer, was killed in the bombing while waiting for a flight to Liberia. Her family, represented by brother Rasco, claims that the airport has failed to provide them with any information on the circumstances of her death.

“A lot of questions remain unanswered,” he said. “We know nothing, other than that she is dead. The Belgians murdered my sister. I will fight this.” Brussels Airport is not actually responsible for providing information about victims; that is the responsibility of the federal prosecutor.

Brussels Airport said in a statement that it regretted the events that led to the deaths of passengers and stressed that security in all public areas of the airport is the responsibility of the federal police. “There is a clear demarcation of roles,” a spokesperson said. “That is the law.”

Photo: Brussels Airport in the days after the explosion

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