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Kalnmeiers: those detained in Zolitude tragedy case are not the only ones to be punished

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThere will definitely be a follow-up to Zolitude tragedy’s investigation. The two people who have been detained so far are not the only ones who will be punished, said Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers.

In his interview to LTV, Kalnmeiers said there will be a follow-up to the investigation. «I will not say when, because it is not in the interest of the investigation.»

Investigators will assess the level of responsibility held by private persons and legal persons. Criminal processes will be based on evidence, nothing else, emphasized the prosecutor general.

He added – while structural engineers appear as suspects now, it «does not mean everyone else have been forgotten and can feel safe».

As it is known, authorities have applied the status of suspects to two persons so far. One of them is the building’s structural engineer Ivars Sergets and the other is Andris Gulbe, who performed the evaluation of the building.

The court has permitted the request by the police to apply several legal restrictions against some legal person. It is not revealed who exactly this is.

Chief of Criminal Police Andrejs Grishins mentioned in his interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV that the legal person who has been presented with legal restrictions may face a fine of up to EUR 30 million.

Meanwhile, members of Zolitude 21.12 representatives and Saeima deputy Regīna Ločmele-Luņova (Harmony) told Rīta Panorāma programme that victims of the tragedy have waited a long time for the police to take action. However, the news of there being two suspects in the case came as a surprise.

A colleague of Gulbis’, who wished to remain anonymous, told LETA that Gulbis had performed evaluation of a different project, not the one that served as foundation for Maxima Supermarket in Zolitude. This is what Gulbis had told his colleague.

Gulbis’ colleague said the project he had evaluated provided for roof constructions with single girder concept. Later, however, it became known that the supermarket’s room construction had double girder setup. In addition to that, the girders were kept together using screws.

Gulbs was involved in the examination as a certified structural engineer, not as the owner or employee of GP Projektu Birojs, said Gulbis’ colleague.

As it is known, a terrible disaster hit Zolitude on November 21st, 2013: the roof of a Maxima supermarket situated there caved in, killing 54 people, including three rescuers. Dozens of people were injured in this tragedy. Latvian State Police launched a criminal process shortly after the tragedy.

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