Company claims €4.4m in damages in supermarket collapse case

The SIA Tineo company has claimed €4.4m in damages for the Zolitūde supermarket building that crashed in November 2013 taking 54 lives, reported Latvian Television and Latvian Radio. Tineo is the owner of the supermarket building.

Tineo said that it bought the building from Homburg Zolitude, and state institutions had certified its safety. Tineo leased the building to the Maxima Latvija retail company.

At the hearing by the Rīga Zemgale District Court the company said that claim covers 70% of the property's value, reported LETA.

The trial started December last year. Its scale is unprecedented in Latvia's legal history. 

Hearing dates have been planned until December 2016, though the trial could potentially run longer. 

A total of 263 persons were initially recognized as victims in the trial, while 144 were recognized as witnesses. Their claims amounted to €155m.

A total of 54 people died and several dozens more 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.

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