[size=36]7,000 illegal projects were monitored, including hotels, restaurants, and halls throughout Iraq[/size]
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The Civil Defense Directorate announced today, Thursday, that it had monitored 7,000 projects violating safety conditions, including event halls, hotels and restaurants, while noting that there is a legal clause through which owners of violating projects are referred to the misdemeanor court if they do not comply with addressing the violations.
Assistant Director General of Civil Defense for Technical Affairs, Major General Hassan Ibrahim Al-Khazraji, said in a statement followed by Mawazine News: “There are 7,000 violating projects throughout the country, including event halls, hotels, restaurants, and private projects, and 4,000 projects were fined, while the owners of 3,000 were not reviewed.” Of which ".
He added, "Two inspections are conducted annually for private sector projects and the owner of the violating project is warned. Then, if the violation remains after the second inspection, its owner is referred to the adjudication session in the Civil Defense Court and then to the Misdemeanor Court if he does not review or refrain from addressing the violation," indicating that "the limits are The legality is only to close the project for 15 days.”
Regarding Al-Haytham Hall on the occasion that witnessed the Hamdaniyah tragedy, Al-Khazraji explained, “The hall is a private sector and was built without presenting its plans to the Civil Defense and did not adhere to prevention and safety requirements.”
He stated that "Civil Defense Directorate teams conducted a survey of the place and indicated that it violated industrial prevention and safety requirements by constructing ceilings made of sandwich panels that are highly flammable and not fire-resistant."
Yesterday, the Supreme Judicial Council revealed the results of the preliminary investigation into the Hamdaniyah fire incident, explaining, “The fire broke out at 11:30 p.m. the day before yesterday, Tuesday, and the competent investigating judge moved to the scene of the accident and issued instructions to the security services to arrest those responsible for the fire.” The incident resulted in the arrest of some of the workers in the hall who were supervising the organization of the wedding booth and setting up the fireworks, which were the main cause of the fire in the hall, which was covered with flammable plastic.
He explained, "surrounding the ceiling of the hall with highly flammable fabrics was also a cause of the fire, which caused the ceiling to catch fire and the power to go out, and there was no way out after the main door of the hall was closed," pointing out that "the emergency door was small and hidden due to the large number of invitees." Inside the hall, no one reached him, as the fire caused panic and a stampede and spread rapidly.”
He continued, "The investigating judge conducted an examination and plan of the scene of the accident. The statements of the 9 defendants were also recorded, and arrest and search warrants were issued against the owner of the hall, called Samir Sulaqa, and the supervisor responsible for organizing the hall, called Martin Essam, in accordance with the provisions of Article 342/1, 2, and 4 of the Penal Code." "The Iraqi."
He pointed out, "The owner of the hall, Samir Sulaqa, and the rest of the fugitive defendants surrendered themselves to the security services in Erbil. They were received by the security services and transferred to the city of Mosul to judicially record their statements."