A preliminary investigation on the case of the «Winter cherry» was extended until March 25

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Patrinorama in photoboxes building TTS Winter cherry in Kemerovo. Archival photo.A preliminary investigation on the case of the «Winter cherry» was extended until March 25© RIA Novosti / Alexander Patrinorama the image Bank

The term of the preliminary investigation of criminal case about large fire in a shopping centre, «Winter cherry» in Kemerovo, killing 60 people, was extended until 25 March 2019, said Tuesday the representative of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Grigory Krasnov, at a meeting of the Central district court, which considered the petition for prolongation of arrest one of the accused.

«A preliminary investigation (in the case of emergency in the «Winter cherry» — ed.) is extended to one year, i.e. until 25 March 2019,» — said the representative of the UK.

Previously the investigation was announced a period of up to 25 December this year. Until that time the decision of the court remain in detention most of the defendants in this case.

Currently, the investigation seeks another extension of period of detention in respect of the six accused. The materials are scheduled in the Central district court of Kemerovo in the course of this week. On Tuesday, the question on prolongation of arrest of the former boss of the Inspectorate of construction supervision of the Kemerovo region Tensile Komkova.

A fire in a shopping centre, «Winter cherry» was March 25 and claimed the lives of 60 people. Currently involved in a criminal case upon state of emergency will be 15 people. Among them — the owners and managers of the building, the security guard, now former heads of the regional emergencies Ministry, and also responsible for the introduction of a shopping center into operation, the fire alarm and direct the fire suppression at the scene. They are all detained and arrested.