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Marseille Construction collapse: Former deputy into mayor appeals against indictment

A former deputy to the Mayor of Marseille would be to charm his indictment from the research into the deadly collapse of 2 buildings in 2018.

“The indictment of Mr. Ruas was created under conditions which don’t appear to us to obey the law,” his lawyers wrote in a declaration, seen by AFP.

“The public prosecutor’s hurry to convey on this topic, in defiance of this basic principle of presumption of innocence, reveals a definite urge to warrant an extremely questionable process”.

“We can file a charm to the nullity of this summons to the indictment” of Julien Ruas” who’s innocent,” said his attorneys.

Eight people were killed when two town center buildings – one convicted along with another comprising flat – gave way about 5 November 2018.

Two years following the catastrophe, the public prosecutor’s office of Marseille declared charges against Julien Ruas for manslaughter by the willful breach, irreparable accidents by the willful breach, and the willful endangerment of many others.

Ruas was formerly the Les Républicains celebration executive responsible for risk management and prevention.

Jean-Claude Gaudin, who’d run Marseille for 25 years before last summer, gave his support to his former deputy a week, describing him as”an exemplary elected representative, by his loyalty, his accessibility, along with his acting”.

Two additional indictments were issued from the investigation into the co-owners of this collapsed apartment building along with also the social landlord Marseille Habitat, who possessed the next building which was condemned in 2017.

The tragedy highlighted the scale of the issue of substandard housing in France’s town.

On Monday, the town council of Marseille embraced a proposal by fresh environmentalist mayor Michèle Rubirola to commemorate”place du 5 Novembre 2018″, a little square on Rue D Aubagne from the Noailles district, near the scene of this catastrophe.