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New mammoth process? – Acquittals overturned after the city archives collapsed

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Turn around in the case of the collapse of the Cologne city archive: A court in Karlsruhe has overturned the acquittal of two construction managers. Now the process has to be rolled out again.

More than twelve years after the Cologne city archive collapsed with two dead, the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe overturned the acquittals of two site managers. The mammoth process surrounding the disaster of March 3, 2009 will thus be rolled out again in parts.

Another chamber of the Cologne Regional Court now has to decide again. The men were acquitted of the accusation of negligent homicide in October 2018 by the Cologne Regional Court.

A sign with a reference to the collapse site of the Cologne City Archives hangs on the site fence: The tragedy occupied the courts for years.  (Source: dpa / Berg)A sign with a reference to the collapse site of the Cologne City Archives hangs on the site fence: The tragedy occupied the courts for years. (Source: Berg / dpa)

The Cologne north-south light rail system was built right in front of the former archive building. The archive building fell into a deep excavation. The district court of Cologne ruled in October 2018 that the collapse of the city archive was due to a serious error in the construction of the diaphragm wall for the Waidmarkt track changing structure.

The new building opened in September of this year. According to the city, it is Europe’s most modern municipal archive with a specially developed building technology. In the new building for the historical archive and the Rheinische Bildarchiv there is space for 50 kilometers of shelf archives. Everyone interested in history should be able to work there and view documents.

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