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Russian water park collapse architect charged

Criminal charges have been brought against the chief architect of the Transvaal water park in Moscow following the devastating roof collapse in February last year.

Twenty-eight people were killed and another 200 were injured when the glass roof at the popular swimming complex collapsed under the weight of snow on Valentine's Day in 2004.

According to the ITAR-TASS News Agency, architect Nodar Kancheli has now been charged with 'causing deaths and bodily harm of people by negligently doing his duty', after a technical examination showed design errors were the cause of the accident.

Moscow prosecutor Anatoly Zuyev said: 'We have a long-awaited summary of the construction and technical expert examination, and the conclusions of the experts are unequivocal: the causes of the collapse of the building of the water park were wrong design decisions and design efforts.'

by Richard Waite

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