Romania nightclub owner quizzed after fatal blaze

Published: Friday 6th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Romanian prosecutors are questioning an owner of the nightclub where a fire killed more than 30 people and injured 180.

Anti-corruption prosecutors questioned Paul Gancea, one of the three owners of the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest where the fire broke out last Friday night, the deadliest of its kind in the country.

Mr Gancea was responsible for securing permits for the club.

He was detained on Tuesday with the other two owners for “grave negligence and irresponsibility” and a “high level of social danger”.

The fire sparked mass protests and led to the resignation of prime minister Victor Ponta and his cabinet on Wednesday.

Prosecutors were also taking documents from the district town hall where the club was located and the financial administration authorities, it was reported.

Meanwhile interior minister Gabriel Oprea announced he would not stay on under an interim government and was immediately handing over his ministerial duties to Ilie Botos, a state secretary in the ministry who was Romania’s general prosecutor from 2003 to 2006.

Mr Oprea had been under pressure to resign even before the fire, after a policeman died when his motorbike hit a hole on October 20 while escorting Mr Oprea’s motorcade.

Published: Friday 6th November 2015 by The News Editor

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