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Latvian authorities punish the first suspect involved in Zolitude tragedy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFollowing a thorough investigation of the Zolitude tragedy, State Police have uncovered that multiple documents related to the construction project of the collapsed building located on Priedaines Street 20 had forged signatures.

The person responsible for the forgery has been determined. The prosecutor’s office has presented official charges to this person, as reported by SP.

The fact of document forgery was uncovered after a group of investigators inspected a batch of documents that were confiscated during searches. Following additional investigation measures it was confirmed that some of the document had forged signatures on them. The suspect – a man born in 1952 – has confessed in forging the signatures.

According to evidence uncovered during the investigation, signatures were forged in 2011. Document are related to the construction of the aforementioned object. In order to continue the investigation at full speed and considering the fact that this violation is considered as relatively minor in the Criminal Law, it was decided to separate this case from the total investigation of Zolitude’s tragedy.

On February 17th, the case regarding document forgery was handed down to the prosecutor’s office to launch criminal prosecution. Three days later, on February 20th, the prosecutor’s office made the decision to prosecute the person responsible for this crime. The person was charged with a fine equal to six minimal monthly wages. The person has paid this fine.

This punishment for document forgery does not exclude the possibility of this person being called in to answer for other possible crimes related to Zolitude tragedy.

‘The investigation will show each involved person’s relation and responsibility in the context of the tragedy,’ – as it was noted by Chief of SP Ints Ķuzis shortly after the tragedy.

The investigation of Zolitude tragedy is a complicated process – more than 47 investigators work around the clock to go through more than ten thousand documents confiscated during searches.

The investigation has multiple theories in need of looking into. These include possible design errors, violations during the construction process and negligence of construction supervisors in regard to the building’s design and use, as explained by SP.

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