Politics & Foreign Relations

   Economic News

   Business News

   Other News of Interest

   All stories

5th February, 2019

Two sentenced in toxic sludge trial

A Győr court on Monday sentenced two former senior executives of now defunct aluminium company MAL to two years in prison in a repeated first-instance trial regarding the toxic sludge disaster of 2010.

Ten people were killed when the MAL reservoir near Ajka burst and sludge inundated the towns of Kolontár, Devecser and Somló¬vásárhely.

More than 200 other people were injured, and hundreds of houses were damaged beyond repair.

Six defendants were given suspended prison terms and were reprimanded, mostly for violating waste management regulations and causing danger to the public due to negligence. Five defendants were acquitted.

State railway company MÁV won a lawsuit against MAL in 2017, as the sludge washed away a 1.5-kilometre section of track between Ajka and Devecser on the Székesfehérvár-Szombathely line.

The court ordered MAL to pay Ft 369.6 million to MÁV, as well as default interest and more than Ft 12.6 million in trial costs.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

Contact Free Trial Subscription