bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Friday 30.01.2015 | Name days: Tīna, Valentīna, Pārsla
LatviaLatvia

Authorities concerned about the fate of evidence in Zolitude tragedy case

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUShortly after the tragedy in Zolitude, workers of Re&Re had cut up and disassembled some suspicious part of the collapsed building. State Police claim the person who did that was ‘a worker called in from Riga City Council’. Authorities also cannot explain who gave the order to disassemble that section and where it is now.

What is even more important is that this and multiple other oddities are centred around the section of the collapsed supermarket that clearly shows – the whole construction had begun deforming long before the cave-in of the ceiling. It is clear that those working in the construction sector should have noticed it, Pietiek reports.

A few weeks after the tragedy, experienced builder Sergei J. turned to the portal, drawing attention to a number of photos from the site: a photographer from ITAR-TASS had captured a scene in which a man in a red jacket is shown cutting one of the building’s supports into pieces. This particular part of the collapsed building is not seen on any of the photos taken a few days after this.

A number of things about this construction had caught Sergei’s attention. First of all – it had a different arrangement of studs. Secondly – the arrangement and number of support bolts. Most importantly – unlike other supports of the building, this one was seriously deformed after the cave-in.

Other people who were asked to comment the photos said the same thing – such a serious deformation could have only come from several days of pressure. In other words – the deformation of a construction of this size took a long time, and it should have been noticed by builders who worked on the roof of this building prior to its collapse.

According to Sergei J. the different number and arrangement of support screws indicates that the deformation was noticed earlier, and was attempted to be stopped by adding additional supports.

This particular section of the building, which could have been a valuable piece of evidence judging from its look alone, was hastily cut up by ‘a worker invited from Riga City Council’ shortly after the tragedy. After it was disassembled, fragments were transported to an unknown location. It is something State Police representatives are unable to give accurate information on.

When asked if the deformed piece of what used to be the building’s support structure was handed over to the National Security Agency, State Police said that ‘the part of the building’s support structure from which pieces of evidence were detached currently remains at the scene’.

As it turned out, responses provided by State Police were not true. Photos that were taken on the next couple of days clearly show that the deformed and disassembled support structure is long gone along with ‘necessary evidence’.

Photos with better definition from SCANPIX agency provided a better look on the person who was captured on photo while cutting up the deformed support structure – he was dressed in a jacket of Re&Re construction company. This means that the person caught on photo in the process of cutting up important evidence is a representative of the company that is the most likely suspect.

On top of that, Re&Re representative had also indirectly confirmed that State Police provided false information when mentioning ‘some worker from Riga City Council’ when she said that it was, indeed, ‘a worker of Re&Re qualified to work with a welder’.

‘As we have already publicly state it – we offered our assistance to rescuers and the police. Following a request from State Police to help with welding, we sent a qualified worker. He carried out orders given to him be the police,’ – said Re&Re representative.

The whole thing is made even more suspicious by the inability or unwillingness of State Police to reveal who exactly gave to order to cut up the deformed support. It is only said that it was some ‘anonymous SP operative who performed the surveying of the area’.

Ref: 102.109.109.5867


Leave a reply

EU extends sanctions against Russia until September

European Union (EU) foreign ministers on Thursday, January 29, agreed to extend until September sanctions imposed on Russia. The 28-nation bloc also made a unanimous decision to include new names in EU’s asset freeze and travel ban black list.

Traders: Riga City Council is trying to illegally regulate café-shops

Attempts of Riga City Council to become involved in limiting business activities of café-shops in order to regulate alcohol trade after 22:00 are illegal, as concluded by Latvian Traders Association advisor Austris Kalnins.

CTB Locker virus infects Failiem.lv and other file-sharing websites

CTB Locker virus, which had been found with a file on Failiem.lv file-sharing website, has since been erased. No potential risk of getting your computer infected with this virus when using this website remain. Other attempts to re-upload the virus have been prevented, as confirmed by the manager of the website Janis Viklis.

Police apprehend a man accused of recruiting women for «work» in a German brothel

Over the course of the past two weeks, officers of Latvian State Police Organized Crime Office’s Human Trafficking Combating Department have arrested three different criminal groups engaged in human trafficking in Latvia.

Trolleybus that hit a mother and her child on Čaka street was crossing at red light

Latvian State Police have finished the investigation regarding the accident that happened on Čaka street, which caused the death of a woman and her daughter. The case has been submitted to the prosecutor’s office.

Authorities apprehend cigarette smugglers and one border guard

As part of a criminal process launched last November in regard to cigarette contraband, Latvian authorities have apprehended multiple members of an organized crime group. Unfortunately, one of the detainees is a senior inspector of Latvian State Border Guard’s Daugavpils area Paternieku I category checkpoint.

Baltic’s first bitcoin ATM unveiled in Tallinn

Bitcoin holders in Estonia will now be able to use the country’s first bitcoin ATM opened this week in Tallinn.

Kozlovskis: terrorism threat level in Latvia remains low

I would describe terrorism threat level in Latvia as low, said Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis in his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

Islamic State and Jordan organise hostage-prisoner swap

The Middle East terrorist group Islamic State on Wednesday, January 28, released on the internet a voice recording in which it seemingly extended the deadline for Jordan to hand a prisoner linked to al-Qaida in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held captive by Islamic State.

133 road maintenance units dispatched to icy roads in Latvia this Thursday morning

Driving conditions on main and regional roads in Latvia are reported to be satisfactory. A total of 133 road maintenance units have been dispatched to roads in order to melt the ice and ensure safety.

Facebook increases profits, continues to attract millions of active users

The web’s leading social network Facebook has released its latest quarterly data, indicating that in the last quarter of 2014 it earned USD 701 million, which is a 34% increase from the respective period in 2013.

Clients who chose variable prices for electricity to pay 6% less this week

This January, 6,000 Latvenergo clients who chose variable price service packages following the opening of the electricity market will receive bills that are approximately 6% lower than usual.

New passports for Latvian citizens inspired by Song and Dance Celebration

Starting with Wednesday, January 28th, Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs will issue a new model of passports for Latvian citizens. The fourth edition of Latvian citizen passports since the restoration of independence of the Republic of Latvia will not only have improved forgery counter-measures, but will also have a new look to them.

Chief of Riga Central Prison and two others punished because of dog found in prison cell

Latvian Prison Administration has applied a disciplinary punishment to Chief of Riga Central Prison Sergei Logutov in relation to the fact that a live dog was found in a prison cell.

EU foreign ministers to blame Russia for Mariupol attacks and hatred-inciting media campaign

Foreign ministers of European Union member states plan to blacklist more persons and entities engaged in Russia’s war against Ukraine and to react to Russia’s desinformation campaign – read the draft conclusions of Thursday's emergency meeting as seen by EU Observer news site. The conclusions must be adopted unanimously.

Deputies ask Mass Media Council to look into Rīgas satiksme's advertisements

Multiple Saeima deputies have turned to the National Electronic Mass Media Council with a request to look into advertisements of Rīgas satiksme and their compliance with regulations and whether or not promotion of such advertisements in programmes of Latvijas Radio complies with the main functions of a social media.

Construction costs in Latvia grew 0.4% in 2013

Compared to the average level of 2013, construction costs in Latvia in 2014 grew by 0.4%. Labour remuneration of workers went up by 3.1%, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.4%, but prices of building materials reduced by 0.4%.

LRA calls for review of new cash registers introduction procedure

In a letter addressed to Finance Minister Janis Reirs, Latvian Regional Alliance asks to review requirements of the Cabinet of Ministers that make it obligatory for companies to adopt new cash registers once a certain level of turnover is reached.

Due to falling milk prices large Estonian dairy farm to lay off three thirds of workers

In the wake of Russia’s embargo on food imports, milk procurement price in Estonia has almost halved forcing a large dairy farm to considerably consolidate its operations.

Average purchase amount in Galactico shopping centres grows 5%

In 2014, turnover of Galactico shopping centres Alfa, Mols, Dole, Origo and Galerija Centrs has increased 4% in comparison with 2013.

Latvia falls behind Estonia and Lithuania in terms of economic freedom

According to Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal's joint World Economies Freedom Rating of 2015, Latvia is on the 37th place in the world.

Kosovo faces largest protests since breakaway from Serbia

Hundreds of protesters in the Kosovan capital of Pristina on Tuesday, January 27, engaged clashes with the police after demanding the dismissal of a Serb minister.

KPMG: it will be even harder for Russian investors to do business in Latvia

Very optimistic trends are currently noted in the global merge and acquisition segment – not only does different companies' readiness for new deals gradually increase, but so does their financial ability to realize new business deals in the future.

Greece forms new anti-austerity government willing to renegotiate bailout conditions

The Greek Parliament on Tuesday, January 27, approved the country’s new government formed by the Coalition of the Radical Left, right-wing anti-austerity party Independent Greeks and the Greek Green ecologist political party.

African swine fever continues to spread rapidly among wild boars in Latvia

Although the state of emergency in relation to African swine fever has formally ended, this does not mean risks have reduced for pig farmers and their livestock in Latvia. On top of that, the dangerous virus continues spreading rapidly within the wild boar population in Latvia, as reported by representative of Latvian Food and Veterinary Service Edvīns Oļševskis.

Newest comments