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Perm court to announce resolution part of sentence in Lame Horse club fire case

April 30, 2013, 10:27 UTC+3
As many as 404 people are the aggrieved persons in the case
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PERM, April 30 (Itar-Tass) - The Leninsky District Court of Perm on Tuesday will announce the resolution part of the verdict in the case of a fire in the Lame Horse nightclub, public prosecutor at the trial Vadim Kazarinov told Itar-Tass.

“The resolution part announcement may take a whole day, and probably more,” Kazarinov said.

The announcement of the sentencing to all the defendants in the Lame Horse nightclub fire case started on April 22. The trial had begun in the Leninsky District Court of Perm on October 4, 2010. As many as 404 people are the aggrieved persons in the case.

The Lame Horse fire occurred on December 5, 2009, around 01:00 a.m. local time in the nightclub Khromaya Loshad (Lame Horse) at 9, Kuybyshev Street, Perm. The fire started when sparks from fireworks ignited the low ceiling and its willow twig covering. The fire quickly spread to the walls and damaged the building's electrical wiring, causing the lights to fail. More than 150 people died. According to initial reports, up to 160 more were injured in the fire; however many of the wounded lost their lives in the following days in hospitals. The nightclub was in the middle of a celebration of its eighth anniversary at the time. A total of 282 people had reportedly been invited to the club’s anniversary party.

The defendants are the actual owner of the club Anatoly Zak, as well as executive director Svetlana Yefremova and art director Oleg Fetkulov who are accused under the RF Criminal Code article “Provision by an organised group of services that do not meet the health and safety requirements, entailing grievous bodily harm and loss of life through negligence.”

The father and son Igor and Sergei Derbenevs, who organised the fatal fireworks show, are charged with violation of the rules for the use of pyrotechnics, which caused serious harm to the heath and death of people.

Former chief state fire supervision inspector of the Perm Territory Vladimir Mukhutdinov is charged with abuse of authority, and inspectors of the State Fire Safety Inspection Service department for the Perm Territory Dmitry Roslyakov and Natalya Prokopyeva - with negligence.

“The court found that Zak and Yefremova were providing services that do not meet the requirements of safety and health of consumers, Sergei and Igor Derbenevs violated fire safety regulations in the use of fireworks, Fetkulov also provided services that failed to meet the requirements of safety and health of consumers, and Prokopyeva and Roslyakov were negligent in performance of duty and Mukhutdinov abused authority,” the judge read out on Tuesday the title of the sentence.

The public prosecution considers the guilt of all the defendants proven and requests the court to sentence them to terms ranging from 2 to 10 years in prison, with the longest term for Anatoly Zak.

In the spring of 2012, co-owner of Lame Horse Konstantin Mrykhin who was extradited to Russia from Spain was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison.

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