Bootleg booze claims six lives

  • 2013-10-16
  • From wire reports

JELGAVA - Already six people - one man and five women - have died in Jelgava after consuming what is believed to be bootleg alcohol, said Ieva Sietniece, aide to the State Police’s Zemgale Region Administration head, reports LETA.

On Oct. 14, two more people were hospitalized in Jelgava for alcohol poisoning. One of them died overnight.
Currently, there are five people in Jelgava Hospital who had all consumed bootleg alcohol. Four of them are in the hospital’s intensive care unit, Jelgava Hospital’s board member Andris Kipurs told LETA.

The police have opened a criminal case on the sale of the bootleg liquor; the investigation is continuing. The police have searched two underground alcohol outlets; one person has been arrested in the case.

It is suspected that the bootleg alcohol contained a toxic fluid, one used for industrial purposes, said Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis. The fluid will be examined and, hopefully, the results will be available in the next few days, said the minister.