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Zolitude tragedy’s investigation to be concluded this year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police plans to finish the investigation of Zolitude’s tragedy this year. The case will be handed to the prosecutor’s office before the end of the year, confirms Chief of State Police Ints Ķuzis.

Ķuzis mentioned in an interview to Viens pret vienu programme of LTV that there have been not been any problems with the investigation so far. He expressed certainty the criminal process will be submitted for criminal prosecution this year.

He did not reveal the main version and the number of potential suspects. ‘All previously voiced versions remain possible. Experts will provide reports on all of them,’ – said the Chief of police.

Ķuzis also confirmed charges may be presented based on several sections of the Criminal Law, including construction and fire safety.

Political responsibility is not considered as part of the investigation.

Previously, Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers said the investigation of the Zolitude’s tragedy is mostly complete and that remaining investigation procedures should be carried out without haste. There are 204 victims of the tragedy: 104 are relatives of those who died in the tragedy, 55 are people who received different injuries and 45 are people who suffered moral of material harm.

Zolitude, when the roof of Maxima supermarket there caved in. The police then launched a massive investigation of this incident.

BNN had previously reported that a total of EUR 4.2 million have been allocated to cover the damage done by the tragedy in Zolitude. EUR 2.7 million have been paid to victims of the tragedy.

Finance Minister Andris Vilks has also said that Zolitude’s tragedy was also used as an instrument to ‘eject’ Valdis Dombrovskis from the government.

Unofficial information of the BNN indicates that Lembergs, taking advantage of the tragic accident, had decided to bring down the government in order to involve the Union of Greens and Framers (UGF) in the next cabinet. It is said that he has taken part in consultations with representatives of the Office of State President Andris Bērziņš, possibly, with head of President’s Chancery Gundars Daudze and head of state himself.

This means that the reason why Bērziņš used harsh language to describe the Zolitūde tragedy as a mass murder is likely to have been a plan to provide ground for further steps of ousting the government and not concern over disorder in the construction industry.

Perhaps, if Bērziņš would really wish to put the state in order, he would also ask accused persons and persons standing before trial to leave public office until court judgement has been pronounced.

On Wednesday, November 27, the meeting between the President and the Prime Minister, after which the latter announced his resignation from office, lasted for an hour and a half and it can be perceived it was the head of state who called on the Prime Minister to assume political responsibility for the tragedy. «Everyone, who has been involved in taking all the crucial decisions, should evaluate his or her political and moral responsibility and should decide how to act further,» the President said, perhaps forgetting himself in this aspect.

Members of his party, together with Lembergs’ «For Latvia and Ventspils» party, were in 2009 among the legislators who voted for the dissolution of the State Building Inspection that is currently pointed out as the reason why the cabinet should have resigned.

«Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and President Andris Bērziņš enter the press room. Resentment cannot be hidden in the PM’s face. The tone of voice and the actual text of the announcement acknowledge this. It seems the words do not come from Dombrovskis himself, he only voices them. «Taking into account the Zolitūde tragedy and all its aspects, a government is needed that has the support of the Saeima majority and that is capable of solving the situation, which has developed in the country,» says the Prime Minister who had insisted in a recent television interview «someone should work as well.»» Such description of the event following the meeting was provided by the daily «Latvijas avīze».

The political commentator of TVNET news portal Toms Ostrovskis has also observed that «from the facial expressions of Valdis Dombrovskis, when he announced the resignation of the government, it was evident that the Prime Minister was close to tears.» It must be mentioned that in the morning before the speech Dombrovskis had numerous interviews with the media and there was no indication of his plans to step down.

In the Zolitūde tragedy, when the roof of Maxima supermarket collapsed onto its customers, the 54 victims were not yet buried, when the fight for power had begun.

While Unity leader Solvita Āboltiņa has urged politicians to wait until the week of mourning has passed, the UGF has announced already that it has three potential candidates for the office of the Prime Minister and that it has no demands it would not negotiate on. As if bringing down the government would not be enough, Lembergs has even suggested that early Saeima election should be held – apparently being worried that the UGF could again be left out of the new government.

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