Three arrested over fatal hotel collapse in Majorca

18th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spanish police have arrested three people of negligent homicide and for abusing the rights of the workers.

MADRID – Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested three people for suspected "negligent homicide" over the collapse of part of a hotel in the island of Majorca that killed four people.

The architect, the quantity surveyor and the head of the renovation work at the hotel were all detained late Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

They are accused of "an abuse of the rights of the workers and of negligent homicide".

Four workers - two Spaniards and two Moroccans - were killed and four injured on Tuesday when an annex of the three-star beachside Hotel Son Moll collapsed during heavy rains.

The hotel in the village of Cala Ratjada in the northeast of the Balearic island, a popular tourist destination, was closed at the time of accident and undergoing renovations.

Spanish media said strong winds and heavy rains which lashed the region may have been responsible for the collapse.

The mayor of the municipality of Capdepera, which includes Cala Ratjada, told Spanish media that the local council had not issued a license to the hotel's owners to carry out the work, and had demanded that they stop the renovations.

[AFP / Expatica]

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