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May 24, 2022

New elements in Colectiv case: The two firemen’ case file, sent back to DNA

The Military Court of Appeals decided on Monday to send back to the DNA the case file in which two ISU Bucharest firemen are accused of checking the Colectiv nightclub, devastated by a fire on 30 October 2015, without taking the legal measures in what concerns the fire safety norms.

Because of this decision, prosecutors will have to rewrite their indictment, after military judges spotted several irregularities in it.

Likewise, judges decided to remove from the case file the body of evidence that prosecutors brought by violating the right to fair trial.
Captains George Matei and Antonina Radu, ISU Bucharest inspectors, were arraigned by the DNA for malfeasance in office for allegedly failing to do their duty to prevent fires, despite knowing that the Colectiv nightclub lacked a fire safety permit. Moreover, George Matei and Antonina Radu allegedly offered to help the nightclub owners with their fire safety file despite the fact that they knew there were irregularities.

SRI Director Eduard Hellvig: ‘The fire was caused by the system’s incompetence and corruption

Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Director Eduard Hellvig talked for the first time about the Colectiv nightclub tragedy. In this context, Eduard Hellvig stated that the fire in which 63 people lost their lives was caused by the system’s “incompetence and corruption,” according to Antena 3.

Thus, the SRI Director believes that after the Colectiv nightclub tragedy the citizen has to play an increasingly important role in ensuring security, and this can be done by respecting the law. In order to facilitate this, the Romanian Intelligence Service has to rely on transparency, Eduard Hellvig added.

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