Brazil federal police indict mining executives for burst dam

2016-01-15 12:29
A fireman rescues a dog that was trapped in the mud that swept through the village of Bento Rodrigues in Brazil. (AFP)

A fireman rescues a dog that was trapped in the mud that swept through the village of Bento Rodrigues in Brazil. (AFP)

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Soa Paulo - Brazil's federal police have indicted mining companies Samarco, Vale and VogBR and seven of their executives for a dam burst that caused Latin America's biggest environmental tragedy on record.

They are accused of negligence that started a mudflow of 850km in waterways of two Brazilian states.

Samarco is a joint-venture of mining giants Vale and BHP Billiton.

Among those indicted are Samarco's CEO, geology experts and an engineer who issued a document in July of 2015 saying that the dam was stable.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, Samarco disagrees with the decision saying there is no conclusion on what caused the burst on 5 November.

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