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The Khura'in royal residence fire was a pivotal case in Khura'inese history.
During a performance by musician Jove Justice, the fire was started by then Minister of Justice, Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in, in a supposed attempt to kill her older sister, Amara Sigatar Khura'in, and take her place as queen. However, Amara survived and escaped from the fire despite losing consciousness after ingesting a sleeping pill. But Justice perished after being attacked from behind by Ga'ran who proceeded to save her sister instead of him. Amara's husband, defense attorney Dhurke Sahdmadhi, was accused of starting the fire. Unknown to Amara, this was Ga'ran's intention all along, as she realized that without her sister's spiritual powers she was not a legitimate queen, and so instead she coerced Amara into hiding and occasionally substituting for her when official functions required Ga'ran to demonstrate spiritual powers.
The trial and aftermath
Dhurke went on to defend himself during the trial, a Divination Séance couldn't be performed on Jove Justice as his passport was burned in the fire. Dhurke was so close to proving himself innocent of the crime, but then Ga'ran accused him of forging evidence, and he went into hiding with his son, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, and Apollo Justice, Justice's orphaned son. Nahyuta was expelled from the royal family, the idea that the sins of Dhurke are visited upon his children is deeply rooted in the minds of the Khura'inese people.
Meanwhile, Thalassa Gramarye, having caught wind of the fire in Khura'in, desperately tried to get any information about the whereabouts of her son and husband. However, with the condition of the country, the police were unable to help her, and she eventually gave up, returning to the United States.
Following the trial, public view of defense attorneys shifted into a more negative light, eventually culminating to the passing of the Defense Culpability Act, a law that states that attorneys whose clients receive guilty verdicts will be given the same punishment as the defendant, including death. With the addition of the Divination Séance system, all defendants were proven guilty. These conditions basically outlawed the attorney profession and led to a country-wide execution of defense attorneys.
Although Amara survived, she stayed in hiding because of Ga'ran, who manipulated her into believing it was Dhurke's fault and he was out to kill her again. Being a gentle soul who loves her sister dearly, Amara stayed in hiding and helped her, mostly when she needed to perform spirit channeling, as Ga'ran had no spiritual power. However, Dhurke learned that Amara was still alive, and he rescued her, explaining everything that happened. The two lived together peacefully, and had a daughter, Rayfa Padma Khura'in. However, they were found out by Ga'ran, and Amara and Rayfa were kidnapped back to the palace. Using Rayfa's reputation as leverage, Ga'ran forced Amara to stay hidden. Amara then posed as Nayna, an elderly caretaker and personal assistant to her daughter while Ga'ran ruled the country for the next twenty-three years.
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Twenty-three years later, the case was brought back to light when Dhurke was arrested for the murder of Inga Karkhuul Khura'in. Apollo Justice, who was acting as Dhurke's defense attorney, proved what truly happened during the fire using Jove Justice's final memories, indicting and proving Ga'ran to be behind both the arson and the murder of Jove.
- This case bears a strong similarity to the trial of Zak Gramarye. Both had the defendant being forced to run away to avoid being arrested, both had the lead attorney being suspected of forging evidence which lead to the public's view of the courts to diminish and in the aftermath of each case, the lead attorney taking in the child of someone involved in the case. Miles Edgeworth even pointed out the similarities.
- In Los Angeles, the statute of limitations would've applied to this case by the time Dhurke Sahdmadhi was tried for the crime 23 years later.