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RETRIAL ORDERED FOR TOXIC RED SLUDGE INCIDENT IN HUNGARY

02/13/2017

In 2010, a mud spill full of toxic sludge from an alumina reservoir overran three towns, polluted waterways, and killed ten in what is recognized as one of Hungary’s worst environmental disasters. In 2016, a court in the town of Veszprem acquitted MAL Corp, the aluminum smelting company that owned the reservoir, ruling that the company’s executives had not been criminally negligent. Prosecutors claimed the court had drawn false conclusions. Last week, the judge announced that she was annulling the case and called for a retrial, saying there had been mistakes and shortcomings of expert witnesses and in regard to the court’s justification for its acquittal ruling. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-hungary-court-toxic-sludge-idUKKBN15L0V...