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Court continues viewing Zolitude tragedy criminal case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe viewing of Zolitude criminal case in court continues. Most recently it has been decided to decline the request from the defence to issue copies of all documents added to the list of evidence and related documents of this criminal case.

Attorney Aleksandrs Berezins asked after the court announced its decision if the court intends to decide on the prosecution’s request to check all evidence. Prosecutor Jekaterina Kusakova replied by saying that it was the defence’s opinion, not a request. Attorney Arturs Zvejsalnieks mentioned during the hearing that he is surprised by the prosecution’s sudden forgetfulness, because all defenders present at the previous hearing had heard a request being made.

The prosecution notes that some attorneys had submitted a request to be provided with copies of documents added to the list of evidence. The court did give the prosecution a chance to voice their opinion on this matter. It is noted that the matter regarding provision of access to documents had been discussed at the very beginning of the criminal case. Attorneys were provided with information as to where those documents are stored, and access to them. More than one year was provided to go through those documents.

«In an intention to find a rational solution, the prosecution had expressed an opinion that certain representatives from the defence could have a look if they have not found the time to use this opportunity within the time-frame provided to them,» the prosecution stated.

«At the same time, we note that in accordance with requirements of the Criminal Process Law for court investigation, it is also necessary to check written evidence. However, there is no need to check the evidence without a request from either the defence or prosecution,» as stated by the prosecutors.

Attorney Jelena Kvjatkovska notes that prosecutors made a mistake by sending the case to court. «Instead of compiling many important documents in volumes, it was decided to send the case to court with all documents simply put in cardboard boxes, without first allowing defence to go through them, as is provided by the Criminal Process Law,» the attorney said.

She also added that the prosecution intends to use said evidence to back the charges. Defence believes this is not possible to do without checking evidence in court. «Prosecutors had admitted that at the last hearing, noting that to avoid denying defence the right, it is necessary to check evidence during court hearings. Now their opinion has changed. The court noted that evidence will be checked in accordance with requests from either side. I allow such a request will be voiced soon,» Kvyatkovska concluded.

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