Four people are wanted for questioning in the probe of a Brazil nightclub after 234 people were killed and 80 were listed in critical condition on Monday.
The Brazil nightclub co-owner Mauro Hoffman is one of those people, and he was being considered a “fugitive from justice” in the case earlier. By Monday afternoon, however, the Telegraph.co.uk was reporting that the Brazilian nightclub owner Mauro Hoffman was now in attendance at a police station.
Police Chief Sandro Meinerz says that Hoffman’s business partner, Elissandro “Kiko” Spohr was in the club at the time of the fire, but he denies he took a computer that contained CCTV images of the interior of the club that could aid investigators now.
Authorities want to know if Hoffman has the computer or knows anything about the images or the fire, as it can help determine who is guilty in the inferno blaze.
Inspector Ranolfo Vieira Junior said that currently the police have made three Brazil fire arrests in the Kiss nightclub investigation, and those three individuals include Hoffman’s business partner Spohr, as well as two members of the band Gurizada Fandangueira, which was performing at the time the fire erupted.
The arrests have a five-day time limitation, but the police could hold the individuals longer if evidence supports that action later.
Per the newspaper Zero Hora, the Kiss club co-owner Elissandro Spohr told police in Brazil that the computer used to capture CCTV images of the interior and exterior of the club was not working properly three months ago and was removed for repair at that time per The Telegraph.
If Brazilian police are unable to confirm that the Kiss club computer was being maintenanced for the past three months, which is an exceptionally long time for any club to realistically be without its security camera images, then Spohr will likely face legal consequences due to the fire.
Police have to be able to validate his statement, and he already has several marks against him when it comes to club safety. For example, a local newspaper interview a year ago showed from Spohr’s statement that he was aware of a lax in club safety at his and Hoffman’s business.
He was quotes as telling the newspaper reporter that “a lot of people are jumping the queue” and that his guards “cannot control it completely.”
And both co-owners had to know that their fire safety certificate had expired in August, long before one of their fire extinguishers would prove useless in the Brazil nightclub fire.