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Three charged with Riga castle fire

  • 2014-06-20
  • From wire reports, RIGA

Three people have been charged with a fire that severely damaged Riga castle last year.

The Public Prosecutor's Office of Riga Court Region has accused two company employees responsible for fire safety in the building. The third person is accused of starting the fire due to negligence on duty, a spokesperson of the Prosecutor General's Office said.

The two former accused have been charged with violations of fire safety rules. The applicable penalty is temporary imprisonment, community service or a fine.

The third person is accused of damaging property due to neglect. Such crime is punishable by up to three years in prison, community service or a fine.

The criminal proceedings against legal entities in the case are still in progress. A fire broke out at Riga Castle on June 20, 2013.