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Court Hands down Tougher Sentences in Red Sludge Appeals Trial

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.12.13.

An appeals court in Győr lengthened the sentences of three of the defendants in the 2010 red sludge disaster in a second-instance ruling on Friday.

The Győr Court of Appeals sentenced the primary defendant, the former managing director of Mal Zrt, the company that operated the red sludge reservoir which burst and flooded three villages near Ajka, to four years in prison. The company’s technical deputy managing director was handed a three-year prison term. A third co-defendant was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI

In February this year, the Győr Regional Court sentenced the primary defendant to two years and six months and the technical deputy managing director to two years.

In addition to six suspended prison sentences, one person was fined and another reprimanded.

The disaster on October 4, 2010 claimed ten lives and resulted in two hundred injuries and hundreds of buildings became unsuitable for accommodation.

Featured photo by Csaba Krizsán/MTI