Colectiv file: Prosecutors ask for up to 15 years in prison for the ex-District 4 mayor and former employees of the city hall

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The prosecutors have asked for the maximum prison sentences against the former District 4 mayor, Cristian Popescu Piedone and against other former employees of the district municipality in the Colectiv case, where the former public servants face charges of abuse of office and complicity to abuse of office.

64 people died and over 100 were injured in a tragic fire burst in the Colectiv nightclub during a rock concert on the night of October 30, 2015.

The maximum sentence for these deeds range from 3 to 15 years.
The prosecutor argued that ex-mayor Piedone and three former employees of the District 4 city hall have indirectly committed the deeds by omitting to check the operating permits of the Colectiv nightclub and that the consequences are not only the human deaths but also an unjust enrichment of RON 62 million (almost EUR 13 M).
The prosecutors also asked the court to consider that the defendants had not pleaded guilty.
The Colectiv file has advanced with small and slow steps: the trial initially started at District 4 court, but it was eventually declined to the Bucharest Tribunal.
Two firefighters from the Emergency Situations Inspectorate have been also sent to court in this case,
Antonina Radu şand George Petrică Matei,  being accused of having known the Colectiv club was functioning without the fire prevention permits and that they ignored this aspect.

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