CTV families slam police, call for government review


Families of those lost in the CTV building collapse are calling for the government to review the police decision not to prosecute anyone in relation to the disaster.

The building pancaked in the February 22, 2011, earthquake, killing 115 people.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry in 2012 found the building's design was deficient and should not have been approved.

At the Rydges Latimer Hotel today, spokesman for the CTV Families Group Professor Alkaisi will outline the steps taken by the families since the decision by the police not to prosecute was announced, and the action now proposed.

Prof Alkaisi said the 115 loved ones lost in the collapse paid the ultimate price with their lives for a deficient design and building that should never have been approved.

He said it has been three years since the police decision on November 30, 2017, not to prosecute over the CTV building collapse was announced.

In response to this decision, Justice Minister Andrew Little said: “Those involved have walked away scot-free and that's not right".

Police decided in 2017 that no charges would be laid against anyone in relation to the collapse.

"Almost 10 years have now passed since the collapse of the CTV building ... and still we have no justice, no accountability, and no closure," family spokesperson Maan Alkaisi told media in Christchurch today.

He said families were calling for the Prime Minister to independently review the decision-making process the police went through prior to deciding not to press charges.

"We maintain that the CTV case must go to trial to ensure justice. A court of law is the best place to test the strength of the case," he said.

"We feel that we have been let down at all levels."









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