bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Saturday 25.03.2017 | Name days: Māra, Marita, Mārīte
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

BNN summary of the week: 5G in Latvia, fight against Lembergs, foreign trade balance deficit

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Business; Fight; Decline and Growth.

CC: restoration of trust – way out for cartel participants

This year, Competition Council provided positive conclusion in regards to recovery of trust to two companies previously punished for cartel agreement.

Kristovskis: coalition with Lembergs in Ventspils City Council is not possible

«If the party’s list enters the city council, our candidates will definitely not work with Lembergs,» said Girts Valdis Kristovskis in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Sadales tīkls: energy industry enjoys stable growth in Baltics

Although the company does not experience the lack of quality labour force, when announcing vacancies it becomes clear that population density in regions continues to decline, and this makes it harder to find young specialists for work in regions, said Andis Pinkulis, CEO of Sadales tīkls, in an interview to BNN.

Airline Nordica not to ban tablets and lap-tops from being brought on passenger cabin

Estonia’s national airline Nordica has stated it would not follow the recent U.S. and British ban on such computer devices as tablets and lap-tops from being brought onto passenger cabin on flights.

Rinkevics invites Canadian companies to use Latvia’s transit and logistics infrastructure

«We’re hoping for more intensive economic cooperation and diversification of exports of Latvian goods, as well as attraction of investments from Canada. Canadian investors are awaited in Latvia,» says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

Rimsevics: tax changes may increase lending volumes in Latvia

Lending volumes in Latvia may increase because of changes to the country’s tax system, says governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics.

Latvian authorities deport 19 Vietnamese citizens

19 Vietnamese citizens caught trying to cross the border of the Republic of Latvia last year have been deported from the country.

Latvia’s export and import volume was the lowest in January

Latvia’s export and import volume this January was below what was noted in Lithuania and Estonia. The largest foreign trade balance deficit among Baltic States was noted in Estonia.

Lithuanian population continues to shrink, some glint may be ahead

The shrinkage of Lithuanian population is nowhere close to a halt. In fact, the recent numbers by the Lithuanian Statistics and Eurostat, the European Union‘s statistics agency, purport the opposite: exodus has picked up last year - 50,000 Lithuanian citizens left the country for a better life abroad, up from 44,500 in the previous year.

Over 200 people could have died in Mediterranean

It is assumed that over 200 migrants might have drowned this week in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya, a Spanish humanitarian aid organisation feared.

Proportion of HIV-infected tuberculosis patients in Latvia is 17.4% - the highest in EU

The proportion of HIV-infected tuberculosis patients in Latvia is 17.4%, which is the highest not only among Baltic States, but also Europe, as mentioned by Jurijs Perescikovs, director of Disease Prevention and Control Centre’s Infection Risk Analysis Department in a discussion dedicated to the World Tuberculosis Day.

British police names London terrorist

British police has stated that the March 22 terror attack in London was committed by British-born Khalid Masood. Another of his victims has died.

Air temperature in Latvia to remain largely unchanged in coming days

On Friday, 24 March, high atmospheric pressure will remain in the country. Because of that, some clouds will be seen in the sky, wind speed will stay moderate, and air temperature will rise to +3° C…+8° C, as reported by the State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Kucinskis hopes to find a new director for State Chancellery within two weeks

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis hopes to find a new manager for the State Chancellery within the next two weeks.

InnoEnergy business opens an office in Latvia

International business accelerator company InnoEnergy has opened an office in Latvia. This objective of this company is preparing new and innovative technologies developers for attraction of investments as part of InnoEnergy accelerator.

Bank of Latvia increases inflation outlook for 2017 to 2.7%

The Bank of Latvia has increased its inflation outlook for 2017 from 1.6% to 2.7%, as reported by the bank’s press-service.

CC permits Lithuanian company to acquire decisive influence over Latvian businesses

Latvia’s Competition Council has permitted two mutually associated deals to be performed by W.P.Carey and Kesko, allowing the two concerns to acquire decisive influence over Lithuanian Baltic Retail Properties and three companies registered in Latvia – K Prof, Polo LS and Daugavkrasts M.

Estonian military transport firm co-operates with leading Norwegian and British companies

Estonian military transport manufacturer Milrem has made a joint product with Norwegian weapon-maker Kongsberg and British remote system producer Qinetiq North America.

Welfare Ministry opposes diverting part of social budget to healthcare

Experts view Finance Ministry’s proposal to divert certain parts of the social budget to pay for certain healthcare services. Welfare Ministry is especially cautious about this proposal.

Saeima agrees to publish names of disciplinary punished judges

Publication of information about disciplinary penalties applied to judges, their names and surnames will no longer be prohibited, as stated by amendments to the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law supported by the Saeima in the first reading on Thursday, 23 March.

Experts: internet users open up 30% of fraudulent e-mail letters

Cyber criminals are becoming more and more cunning and their fraudulent e-mails – harder and harder to differentiate from real ones. Internet users open up to 30% of fraudulent e-mail letters, explains eScan antivirus developers.

Minister: Latvia supports International Coalition’s fight against Daesh

«The fight of the International Coalition against Daesh has become a very effective instrument to help reduce Daesh military, financial and recruitment capabilities,» said Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

New pulp factory planned in Estonia

Estonian entrepreneurs have envisaged building a high-tech pulp-making plant near the city of Tartu and have submitted the plan for confirmation from Estonian national special planning authorities.

Ventspils Freeport Authority announces procurement

Procurement has been announced for the construction of an access road in Ventspils, Talsu Street 200 and landscaping of nearby territories so that one of the land tenants can commence construction of their building there, as reported by Ventspils Freeport.