The state will not be on trial in the Colectiv case, court rules

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The Bucharest District 4 Court on Wednesday ruled that the Romanian state would not be held responsible in the Colectiv fire case and would not pay compensations, thus rejecting the request of the victims’ families to bring the state on trial and the Finance and Health Ministries to pay potential compensations.

„The Romanian state didn’t take precautionary measures to avoid such tragic events. According to the Constitution, the state must defend its citizens. The Romanian state hasn’t observed these provisions. It hasn’t sought law enforcement. The hospitals where some of the injured in the Colectiv fire have died are subordinated to the Health Ministry. The Health ministry was the first institution contacted by other doctors and hospital from abroad to offer help. Although it knew the conditions were scarce, the ministry refused to send the patients in other hospitals in Europe,” one of the lawyers.

The ruling pronounced on Wednesday is not final and can be challenged in another court.

Magistrates have also decided today to link the file where the three owners of the Colectiv club are tried to the file where the former District 4 mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone is prosecuted for abuse of office.

The three owners of the former nightclub and the managers of the company that provided fireworks for the show are prosecuted for manslaughter.

139 people, 11 hospitals and five institutions claim damages in this case. 64 people, mostly youngsters, have died, while another 100 have been injured on the night of October 30, 2015, after a fire devastated the Colectiv nightclub where a Romanian rock band was performing a concert. Four of the five members of the band also died in the deadly blast.

 

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