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Thursday, September 08, 2005
  Unable to serve God with papers, the leeches go after the hotels
Tsunami victims file lawsuit: "Paris - Families of 41 French victims of last year's tsunami filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing Thai authorities and a Sofitel hotel of failing to act fast enough to save lives.

Those who died were staying at the Sofitel Magic Lagoon at Khao Lak, north of the resort island of Phuket. The hotel, owned by French hotels group Accor, was destroyed by the December 26 tsunami.

The lawsuit asks a court to determine if the hotel and the Thai weather service should answer to charges of homicide and failing to help people in danger, said Gerard Chemla, a lawyer for families of the victims.

'We simply want the truth,' said Chemla, who filed the lawsuit at the state prosecutor's office. The prosecutor must still decide whether to declare the suit valid.

In the complaint, the families accuse Accor of not having taken into account the foreseeable risk of danger at its Sofitel, located on the beach in a region affected by tsunamis."
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