Brazilian Police Could Charge Samarco Executives With Homicide in Tailings Dam Disaster

8 Feb 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Brazilian police have sufficient evidence to charge executives of mining company Samarco with homicide for the tailings dam breach at a Minas Gerais iron ore mine last November, which killed 17 people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage, Bento Rodrigues Police Chief Rodrigo Bustamente said last week."We have all the autopsy reports. ... The crime of homicide occurred, we will decide if it was voluntary or involuntary," he told Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper on February 5th.Police had previously raided Samarco’s offices in the cities of Belo Horizonte and Mariana. The miner, which is jointly owned by Brazil’s Vale SA and Australia’s BHP Billiton, said it has cooperated with the police throughout the investigation...

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