The court has finally examined “La Soacra” case. The administrator of the café and a fire safety official were sentenced to six years of imprisonment. Additionally, the employee of the National Center for Public Health received a two year- probation term and the official of the Municipal Department of Commerce was acquitted.
The decision was taken yesterday by the magistrates of the Centre District Court of Chisinau. All the persons convicted claim they will appeal the decision.
Andrei Iarina, the café manager, was sentenced to imprisonment for a term of six years in a semi-closed type of prison. The official in charge of fire prevention, Sergiu Popel, will also spend six years behind bars, in the same type of prison. The employee of the National Centre for Public Health did not escape punishment either. Vasile Toma received two years of probation, being banned to leave the country until the completion of his sentence.
Boscalean Ludmila, specialist of the municipal Department of Commerce, was acquitted for acting ultra vires, but received a fine of up to 20 thousand lei for corruption, and was disqualified to hold public office for a period of up to two years.
On January 9, 2015, there was a fire, caused by the explosion of gas cylinders in, the cafeteria “la Soacra”, located in a two-storied building in the Central Market. 17 people, aged between 12 and 63, suffered in the explosion.
The explosion took the lives of four persons, a man died in hospital immediately after the explosion and three women, died even if they were transported to a specialized hospital in Bucharest, where they underwent surgeries. Another 13 victims received multiple injuries.
Previously, another manager of the cafeteria had been sentenced to four years and one month of imprisonment. She will serve her term in an open-type prison for women. Alina Iarina was found guilty of violating the rules of safety and labor protection.