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Homburg Zolitude does not agree with accusations in Zolitude tragedy’s civil case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDeveloper of Zolitude Maxima Priedaines Street 20 project Homburg Zolitude does not agree with the civil case of Zolitude tragedy and positions itself as the project’s customer, not executor of actual construction work.

As part of Zolitude tragedy case, Homburg Zolitude’s lawyer Lauris Rasnacs provided explanations in Riga Regional Court this Friday, January 30th. He emphasized several times that there has not been any proof of his client’s potentially illegal activities and their possible relation to the tragedy itself. With that, he said Homburg Zolitude cannot be considered responsible for the tragedy.

As one of the main aspects Rasnacs mentioned that Homburg Zolitude was only the customer who ordered the construction on Priedaines Street 20. No actual construction work had been performed by the company. Instead, certified builders had been contracted to perform all work, as it is required by regulations.

Rasnacs’ represented company cannot be held responsible for solutions employed during construction and development, because Homburg Zolitude is not a professional architectural, design and construction company. Therefore, it is not possible for the company to assess all potential risks and predict possible damage.

Although the cause of the tragedy has not yet been uncovered, it is clear that it does not have anything to do with construction or division of construction processes. However, it is more likely that the cause lies in some currently unknown problem with construction materials or provided services. Therefore, the plans of Homburg Zolitude to launch construction cannot be considered the cause of the tragedy, said Rasnačs.

The lawyer also negatively commented the size of the requested compensation. He referenced and article by Prof. Kalvis Torgans, who heavily criticized so-called million requests, saying that «requests for unreasonable compensation money can go against the goal – making the relative of the victim a rich man instead of bringing peace. Some people often try to use tragedy a means to acquire something they could not afford with any amount of hard work.»

In this context, the professor mentions examples in other European countries. In Norway, EUR 25,000 is a set standard amount for moral compensation of damage caused by a serious crime. France’s established threshold is EUR 1,500 to EUR 45,000. Germany employs a very generous compensation system, where amounts sometimes reach EUR 600,000.

The next court reading of the case is set for February 3rd. During this hearing, Tineo will provide its testimony.

One week ago Re&Re also provided its testimony in regard to the tragedy. The company still denies its guilt.

Three victims of the tragedy have turned to the court with pleas against Maxima Latvija, Re&Re, Homburg Zolitude, Tineo, Riga City Council, Kubs Architectural Office and HND Grupa.

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