Bucharest Sector 4 Court approved on Monday the General Prosecutor’s Office request on the 30 day extension of the house arrest measure for the Colectiv club owners – Alin George Anastasescu, Paul Gancea and Costin Mincu, as well as for the firework company representatives – Daniela Nita (administrator), Cristian Nita (manager) and Viorel Zaharia (pyrotechnist).
The three owners of the Colectiv club are criminally investigated under house arrest for manslaughter and culpable bodily harm and were released from pre-trial arrest at the end of December 2015, after nearly two months of detention.
The investigation in this case is conducted by the General Prosecutor’s Office, which indicted six persons: the three Colectiv club owners – Alin George Anastasescu, Paul Gancea and Costin Mincu, as well as the firework company representatives – Daniela Nita (administrator), Cristian Nita (manager) and Viorel Zaharia (pyrotechnist).
The National Institute of Research Development for Mining Security and Anti-explosive Protection (INSEMEX) Petrosani announced it will send this week to the National Institute of Criminology Expertise the report of the judicial expertise conducted in the case of the Colectiv club fire.
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.