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HUNGARIAN COURT ACQUITS DEFENDANTS OF CRIMINAL CHARGES IN TOXIC SPILL

02/08/2016

Fifteen people tried in connection with a 2010 toxic spill that killed 10 people were acquitted by a Hungarian court on February 4, 2016. The spill, one of Hungary’s worst environmental disasters, sent toxic red mud from a reservoir across three towns, destroyed hundreds of homes, and penetrated rivers all the way down to the Danube. The aluminum smelting company responsible for the spill, MAL Corp., was taken over by the government and remains under liquidation. In the ruling, the court determined that MAL Corp. and its employees were not criminally negligent and had not committed any of the crimes for which they were indicted. It is unclear whether this verdict will be appealed. Karoly Tili, the mayor of the nearby town Kolontar--the first village struck by the spill--stated that locals had still not recovered from the damages and would be devastated by the ruling. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-hungary-court-toxic-flood-idUKKCN0V61OM