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Hungarian business leaders cell in after ecological catastrophe

The former top of a Czech plant have been sentenced to penalties of up to 2.5 years in prison. A leak in a opslagreservoir of the company caused on October 4, 2010 the greatest ecological disaster ever in the country. There were in addition ten dead and more than a hundred wounded.

The disaster occurred in Ajka, about 160 kilometres west of Budapest. More than 800 hectares of agricultural land was flooded with a layer of red silt from a few millimeters to more than 20 inches.

A court in Györ, thought that the former director, Zoltan Bakonyi, and nine employees, among others, guilty of death by negligence.

Bakonyi received 2,5 years of imprisonment. His deputy was given two years. Seven others received suspended sentences. Five were released.

During a first process in 2016, everybody was acquitted, but the ORDER was subject to appeal and the process had to be re-made for a court of first instance. Appeal is thus once again possible.

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