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Malaysian inquest ruling challenged by French-Irish teen's family

Khalid Umar Malik
24 Jan 2021, 02:27 GMT+10

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The family of a French-Irish teenage girl will challenge an inquest ruling that their daughter died by misadventure after vanishing in the Malaysian jungle while on holiday, their lawyer has said.

The body of Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, was found after a 10-day hunt involving hundreds of rescuers, helicopters, and sniffer dogs through the rainforest, following her disappearance from a resort outside Kuala Lumpur in 2019.

Earlier this month, a coroner handed down a ruling of misadventure, indicating her death was accidental rather than a crime, and said no-one else was involved.

But her London-based parents, who believe their daughter was abducted, plan to file a High Court request to revise the ruling, lawyer S. Sakthyvell said.

He said the challenge would be submitted "as soon as possible" in the court in the city of Seremban but was not sure when it would begin.

If that fails, the family has a right to lodge a final challenge at the court of appeal.

The girl's mother, Meabh, told the BBC this week that "so many questions have been left unanswered" after the verdict, and she believed someone had placed her daughter's body in the area where it was found.

Her daughter's body was found not far from the resort. Police said there was no foul play sign, while an autopsy concluded she likely died of internal bleeding and starvation.

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