Full verdict in criminal case on supermarket collapse in Riga's Zolitude now available

  • 2020-11-16
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The full verdict in the criminal case on the collapse of a Maxima supermarket in Riga's Zolitude neighborhood in 2013 is now complete and available to the parties.

The full verdict is 1232 pages long. As reported, civil engineer Ivars Sergets was the only person to receive a guilty verdict from the court of first instance, while other defendants were acquitted.

The Court Administration's representative Inara Makarova told LETA that more information about the verdict would be released at a press conference tomorrow, November 17. Judges on the criminal case Erlens Ernstons, Aiga Freimane and Anita Gravite will take part in the press conference.

A court ruling cannot be appealed until a full verdict is released.

As reported, Riga City Pardaugava Court this past February handed down a jail sentence of six years to Sergets, who was also banned from working in his profession for five years.

Construction inspection expert Andris Gulbis, construction supervisor Martins Draudins, architect Andris Kalinka who designed the collapsed supermarket, and construction company Re&Re construction operations manager Stanislavs Kumpins were acquitted of all charges.

Three Riga Construction Board officials - Janis Balodis, Marika Treija and Aija Melnikova as well as for Inna Suvajeva, senior expert in work safety in Maxima were also cleared of all charges.