Brazil Superior Court Rejects Brumadinho Indictments on Procedural Grounds

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A worker  helps a subordinate   of a rescue squad  connected  Paraopeba River arsenic  they hunt  for victims of a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining institution  Vale SA, successful  Brumadinho, Brazil, connected  Feb. 5, 2019. (Adriano Machado/Reuters)

A worker helps a subordinate of a rescue squad connected Paraopeba River arsenic they hunt for victims of a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining institution Vale SA, successful Brumadinho, Brazil, connected Feb. 5, 2019. (Adriano Machado/Reuters)

BRASILIA—Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice threw retired connected procedural grounds an indictment of 16 radical successful narration to the collapse of the Brumadinho dam owned by Brazilian miner Vale SA, a catastrophe that killed 270 radical successful 2019.

A enclosure of the tribunal known arsenic the STJ ruled connected Tuesday that the charges filed by authorities prosecutors successful Minas Gerais should beryllium filed done a national tribunal and not a authorities one.

The illness of the dam unleashed a monolithic question of tailings connected the mining assemblage of Brumadinho and its surroundings. The dormant included 250 Vale employees.

The unanimous determination connected an entreaty filed past twelvemonth by erstwhile Vale main enforcement Fabio Schvartsman, 1 of the 16 radical prosecutors sought to indict, means that the lawsuit has to statesman again from scratch successful a national court.

The Minas Gerais authorities prosecutors bureau said connected Twitter that it volition entreaty against the decision.

By Ricardo Brito

Reuters

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