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April 16, 2021

Investigation into Colectiv tragedy continues

Investigators who are dealing with the October 30 Colectiv nightclub fire tragedy visited the sealed-off nightclub in order to pick up the surveillance cameras, cameras that will be analyzed by National Forensic Institute (NFI) experts.

The analysis of the cameras comes after the footage they recorded had previously been recovered.

At the time of the fire, Colectiv nightclub had four surveillance cameras that filmed from different angles.

The General Prosecutor’s Office is carrying out the investigation into this case. Four persons have been indicted: the nightclub’s three owners – Alin George Anastasescu, Paul Gancea and Costin Mincu – and the representatives of the fireworks company – Daniel Nita (administrator), Cristian Nita (director) and Viorel Zaharia (pyrotechnician).

Pavel Popescu, a Romanian that came all the way from Norway in order to try to help the wounded, has stated that some of them are in a worrisome condition and require special help.
“Some patients are so disheartened, that they have seriously considered committing suicide. They have no information, they don’t know what they have to do, where to ask for help,” Pavel Popescu stated for b365.ro.

He made the statements against the backdrop of a meeting between several of the volunteers and Romanian officials.

The main requirement had to do with the setting up of a taskforce made up of representatives from the Health, Labour and Interior ministries, which would “act and would be able to verify, with deadlines, what is happening to these people and with the integrated support measures.”

The Health Ministry announced on Monday that 19 persons injured in the tragedy are still hospitalized in the country and abroad.
Pavel Popescu pointed out that, starting on Friday, the hospitals that treated Colectiv patients have special kits for burns patients.

“It is very important for the patients to go and ask for these kits, which contain shampoo, soap, special ointments and dressing, which will help them in the recovery process. These kits are imported and are at European standards,” Pavel Popescu added.

The issue of the money that the families of those wounded will receive after they were discharged will be regulated legislatively in the following weeks.

At the end of last year, the Health Ministry opened a special hotline for those wounded in the Colectiv nightclub fire, the phone number being 021.3072.614.

63 people were killed (27 on the spot, 24 in Romanian hospitals and 12 in hospitals abroad) in the nightclub fire that took place on October 30, 2015. 147 persons were hospitalized in Bucharest after the fire.

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