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January 21, 2021

Colectiv Club owner Alin Anastasescu remains under pre-trial arrest

Alin George Anastasescu, one of the owners of the fire-ravaged Colectiv Club, remains under pre-trial arrest, ruled the Bucharest Tribunal on Thursday. The decision is final.

The tribunal admitted a challenge of the prosecutors and overruled a decision of Bucharest Sector 4 Court, which ordered on December 22 the replacement of the pre-trial arrest with house arrest in Anastasescu’s case.

Alin Anastasescu is the only Colectiv Club shareholder still under pre-trial arrest, as the other two owners – Paul Gancea and Costin Mincu – were released on December 21 and placed under house arrest.

The three are being probed for manslaughter and culpable bodily harm in the case of fire that broke out on October 30 at the Colectiv Club.

The prosecutors argue that the fire at the Colectiv nightclub broke out because the club’s managers encouraged and allowed the access of an audience far beyond the club’s authorized capacity, and although the emergency evacuation exits were insufficient; they also allowed an indoor fireworks display in inadequate premises with flammable materials (soundproofing and decorations) installed illegally, in order to avoid additional costs. As a result, several people present in the club died or suffered bodily injuries.

In the investigation process the prosecutors seized the assets of the defendants and started the criminal investigation of the SC Club Colectiv SRL, the company that managed the Colectiv club, and Golden Ideas Fireworks Artists SRL – tasked with staging the pyrotechnic show, under charges of manslaughter and culpable bodily injury with multiple victims.

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