Commission adds Riga mayor to list of those with 'moral responsibility' for disaster

The parliamentary investigation commission on the Zolitude tragedy in which 54 people died today approved of MP Inguna Ribena's proposal to include Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs and Riga City Construction Board Director Inguss Vircavs on a list of persons "politically and morally" responsible for the tragedy.

The commission could vote on its final report on October 12, according to the commission's chairman Ringolds Balodis.

The commission previously approved MP Artuss Kaimins' proposal to include in the final report a list of persons "morally responsible" for the tragedy including former Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, former economy ministers Artis Kampars, and Daniels Pavluts, plus other government officials.

As reported, 54 people died and several dozens were injured as a "Maxima" supermarket in Riga's Zolitude neighborhood collapsed on November 21, 2013. The Riga supermarket tragedy has become the largest loss of life since the restoration of independence in 1991.

The Saeima investigation is separate from the official investigation into the disaster and is purely advisory.

So far no-one has been convicted of legal responsibility for the loss of life.

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