October 11 has been declared a day of mourning in Georgia due to the tragedy in Batumi. Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili stated about it a few days ago.
In Batumi, on October 8, 9 people died as a result of the collapse of a residential building, including three minors. Rescuers spent more than 10 hours trying to save themselves from being trapped in the rubble.
“I express my deep sorrow over the tragedy in Batumi and my condolences to the family members and relatives of the victims. Together with them, the whole of Georgia mourns this horrible tragedy.
By my decision, in honor of the memory of the fallen, Monday, October 11 will be declared a day of mourning.
The state will provide all relevant assistance to the victims of the incident.
All persons whose guilt is revealed will be punished with the full force of the law. “The Ministry of Internal Affairs has already detained three people and the investigation is underway,” Gharibashvili said.
3 persons of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were detained in the incident. Their trial was held today and all three were remanded in custody.
According to the prosecutor, Aleksandre Dzirkvadze, he is satisfied with the court decision. He said there is evidence, testimonies from neighbors and an expert conclusion that the accused are guilty.
Lawyers disagree with the court decision and plan to appeal. They say there is no evidence that their clients acted indifferently and they acted according to the drawing.
The next trial is set for December 1. Earlier, as he was leaving the courthouse, one of the accused workers told reporters that he had not demolished the retaining wall and was accused of doing so. “I did not get anything, they blame me for everything,” the accused said.
Two of the three detainees are workers, one of whom owns an apartment where workers reportedly tried to unite the apartment and the basement.