July 6, 2022 09:22

Scandinavian Star case reopened

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The reopening of an official investigation into the suspected arson attack on board the Scandinavian Star ferry that killed 159 people has been welcomed by unions and survivors.

A new inquiry into the cause of a fire aboard the Scandinavian Star on 7th April 1990 has been welcomed by Danish unions. 159 people lost their lives aboard the ferry in a suspected arson attack off the Swedish coast.

Danish Engineers Association chairman, Lars Have Hansen doubts that a fresh inquiry will be able to find the culprit, but hopes that “any loose ends can be investigated once and for all and any liability placed”.

The ferry caught fire soon after casting her lines and many people at the time theorised that the fire was started deliberately in an attempt at insurance fraud.

Mike Axdal, who survived the fire but lost his father and brother in it, has campaigned almost obsessively since the tragedy. ‘Today we got what we’ve been asking for. With the information we have, we regard the case as good as solved,’ he says.

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