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Authorities concerned about the fate of evidence in Zolitude tragedy case

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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’.

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