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Court punishes building company Starf for collapsed ceilings in Solaris Center in Estonia

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 27.06.2012.Print version
The Harju County Court has ruled out that construction company Starf was responsible for a ceiling collapse at a cinema located in the trade center Solaris Center in 2009; the construction enterprise was fined and has to pay 8,500 euros, the Estonian national broadcasting corporation ERR reports.

The incident took place in October of 2009, nobody was injured in the collapse, but a subsequent inquiry revealed several construction violations., writes LETA.

 

Criminal proceedings were also initiated against three individuals involved in the ceiling-collapse case, court spokeswoman Kristina Ots told uudised.err.ee.

 

Those proceedings were terminated on the grounds of expediency, with the court ordering the defendants to pay 3,000 euros each to the state and to cover court costs.

"In total, they must pay 11,730 euros," Arno Põder, spokesman of the Northern District Prosecutor’s Office had said in a statement.

 

According to Põder, it was the defendants' first offense and there was no indication that the crimes would be repeated.

 

As reported, a separate cinema in the Solaris Center in Tallinn suffered the collapse of part of its suspended ceiling shortly after the Solaris Center's grand opening.

 

Subsequently, authorities carried out technical inspections of the faulty and other cinemas in the city. Two Estonia-based cinemas – Coca-Cola Plaza in Tallinn and Cinamon in Tartu were ordered to rebuild the ceilings in 2011.






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