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Brazil Prosecutors Charge Vale, BHP With Homicide

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s federal prosecutors’ office filed criminal charges on Thursday, October 20th, against twenty-two individuals and four companies in connection with the November 2015 collapse of the Samarco dam in Mariana, Minas Gerais, which left nineteen people dead and 250 injured. The charges include homicide, fraudulent monitoring reports, and environmental crimes.

“The murders were committed for futile reasons and so were considered qualified, which may result in a higher penalty, since it has been proven that the cause was the greed of Samarco and its shareholders,” prosecutor Eduardo de . . .

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