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    Court urges prosecutor's office to launch criminal case against manufacturer of steel trusses for collapsed Maxima building

    RIGA, Feb 18 (LETA) - Riga Pardaugava Court, which earlier today handed down a jail sentence of six years to civil engineer Ivars Sergets for the collapse of a Maxima supermarket in Riga's Zolitude neighborhood in 2013, is urging the prosecutor's office to launch a criminal case against former officials and employees at Vikom Industry, the manufacturer of the collapsed building's trusses.

    As reported, Vikom Indistry was hired to manufacture trusses for the Maxima supermarket, but the company hired a subcontractor to make the trusses. Opinions differ as to who designed the trusses - Sergets claims that it was Vikom Industry, which in turn denies being responsible.

    According to information on Firmas.lv, Vikom Industry, a manufacturer of metal structures, was registered in 2008. Before and shortly after the Zolitude tragedy, Vikom Industry's turnover exceeded several million euros - in 2011 it was EUR 3.83 million, in 2012 - EUR 4.46 million, in 2013 - EUR 5.78 million, and in 2014 - EUR 6.12 million. Then the company's turnover dropped sharply - in 2015 it was EUR 2.09 million, in 2016 - EUR 750,000, and in 2017 - EUR 310,000. The company was liquidated in February 2019.

    The company's share capital was EUR 2.846, its sole owner was Vladislavs Podgurskis. According to Firmas.lv, Podgurskis currently does not own shares in any company, but he works as a board member at Ritausma Steel Construction.

    • Published: 18.02.2020 17:46
    • Karlis Arajs, LETA
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