Albanian prosecutors investigate constructors after deadly earthquake

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-03 00:59:12|Editor: yan
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TIRANA, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Prosecution offices in Albania have launched an investigation into possible criminal offenses related to the collapsed and damaged buildings following the Nov. 26 earthquake that left 51 dead, local media said here on Monday.

The prosecutors launched investigations in the Durres, Tirana and Kruja districts into alleged offenses of "abuse of office" and "illegal construction."

The investigators will concentrate first on the collapsed buildings in Durres and Kruja and will then move on to Durres and Tirana.

The prosecutors are investigating whether the consequences of the devastating earthquake were due to unauthorized construction, the failure of engineers to perform their duties or the failure of civil servants to supervise the constructions.

Albanian President Ilir Meta said on Monday that authorities will support the prosecutors in their investigations and will make all responsible people face justice.

Meta made this statement during the meeting of the National Security Council, which agreed on closer cooperation and coordination between all institutions in facing the post-disaster emergency situation.

Domestic and international experts called in by the Albanian government to help in this emergency situation are inspecting all areas damaged by the earthquake.

Several buildings were completely destroyed and hundreds more were damaged by the deadly 6.4-magnitude earthquake.