According to UAE News Reports, the Dubai Court of Appeal stiffened the sentence against the doctor, restaurant cook and supervisor and the restaurant, all of whom were convicted guilty for causing the death of D’Souza’s two children. Five-year-old Nathan D’Souza and his seven-year-old sister, Chelsea, died of food poisoning in 2009. The Appeal Court increased the blood money to Dh400,000 to be paid jointly and stiffened the fine to Dh20,000 to be paid by each convict. According to the arraignment sheet, prosecutors said the cook and the supervisor were charged with violating public health requirements of Dubai Municipality through unhygienic practices in preserving food, which led to bacterial contamination. The doctor was charged with negligence in providing medical care to the children.
In China CNN Reports that China’s highest court has ordered judges nationwide to hand down harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of violating food safety regulations. In a directive released by the state-run Xinhua news agency over the weekend, the Supreme People’s Court said in cases where people die from food safety violations, convicted suspects should be given the death sentence, while criminals involved in non-lethal cases should face longer prison terms and larger fines.
The German/European E. coli outbreak death toll is now 16. And, people in the U.S. do not like trial lawyers and juries.