Court case on Zolitūde disaster to start in December

The Rīga Zemgale District Court will start reviewing the criminal case of the Zolitūde tragedy in December, according to information in the Court Information System obtained on Monday.

The first session of the case Nr. 11511002713 will take place on December 8 at 10 o'clock. It'll be headed by Erlens Ernsntons at the Administrative court building on Baldones st. 1A.

The file of the Maxima supermarket spans some 80 volumes. There are a total of 144 witnesses and dozens of experts involved in the process. According to the prosecution, the collapse could have been prevented at least in thirty different ways

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 catastrophe made waves in the society as it was caused by violations of building law. According to data obtained by Latvian Television, the roof of the supermarket caved in as weak materials were used. Furthermore, the management of the store ignored the alarm that sounded well before the collapse.

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