Three denied bail in Batumi residential building collapse killing nine

The detainees deny the charge filed against them. Photo: IPN., 11 Oct 2021 - 12:15, Tbilisi,Georgia

Three individuals charged with violating construction safety regulations which allegedly caused the collapse of a section of a residential building in Batumi on October 8 killing nine individuals have been denied bail. 

The Georgian Chief Prosecutor’s Office says that workers removed a retaining wall of the residential building per the instruction of one Zaur Budagov, who had no official consent to carry out renovation work on his property. 

One of the workers told journalists earlier today that ‘I have done nothing illegal.’ 

A trial date has been scheduled for December 1.

Today is a mourning day in Georgia and flags on all government buildings are flying at half-mast in tribute of the victims of the tragedy, including three minors.