Alexandra LEVIT, “FACTS” (Odessa)
Completed the investigation of the case against four officials of the Odessa College of Economics, law and hotel and restaurant business, because of the fire which in December 2019 16 people died. On Tuesday, June 30, the indictment is sent to seaside district court.
Director of the College, the Bursar, the head of the day Department of Economics and entrepreneurship, as well as former (retired before CHP) Deputy Director on administrative-economic work of the suspect in violation of established by legislation requirements of fire safety, which led to a fire in the building on Troitskaya street.
In Prosecutor’s office emphasize that “due to the tragic events that occurred in December of last year, 16 people died, 31 people received injuries of varying severity”.
In addition, the investigation says that the fire destroyed a multi-storey building — a monument of architecture in 1914, which houses 19 different organizations and agencies.
During pre-trial investigation in this criminal proceedings, the law enforcement officers interviewed 286 people (witnesses, witnesses, victims), conducted the identification of the victims, the examination of the scene and space of the building, which lasted from 4 to 12 December 2019. Made 65 seizures of documents, scheduled and conducted more than 60 forensic examinations.
However, experts note that the result is somehow limited to “persons connected directly with the College, and did not consider it necessary to involve officials of higher rank”. Regional, for example, as well as from the Ministry of education, the balance of which is registered historic building. What to do with the burned structure, still not resolved, it is “emblazoned” in the heart of the city.
“Everything goes on a nakatanny scheme — the same one that successfully applied in the investigation and court proceedings in another high-profile fire — in the youth centre “Victoria”. There also made every effort to find scapegoats and to divert responsibility from the true perpetrators. In particular, city officials. I guess it will act similarly”, — commented on the well-known Odessa lawyer.
By the way, parents of three girls killed in the September 2017 during a fire in the municipal sports complex “Victoria”, asking the court to recover from the Prosecutor’s office and the police almost 18.7 million hryvnia. These requirements are outlined in the lawsuit, which is adopted to produce the Seaside district court of Odessa.
Their claims, the plaintiffs argue that the damage caused by inaction of officials (defendants) in the conduct of inefficient pre-trial investigation.
Earlier, the “FACTS” reported that in Odessa caught on a bribe of the Deputy chief of a Central Board gschs, which the SBU accuses a number of high-profile fires, including the College of Economics, law and hotel and restaurant business, the hotel “Tokyo Star”, the centre for mental health and the municipal children’s camp “Victoria”, in which a total of 35 people were killed.