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5th February, 2019

Two sentenced in toxic sludge trial



A Gyor 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 Kolontar, Devecser and Somlovasarhely.

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 MAV 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 Szekesfehervar-Szombathely line.

The court ordered MAL to pay Ft 369.6 million to MAV, as well as default interest and more than Ft 12.6 million in trial costs. (index.hu; hvg.hu; origo.hu; magyarhirlap.hu; nepszava.hu; atv.hu)
5th February, 2019

Chain Bridge named among world’s most beautiful bridges



The Chain Bridge has been named one of the 18 most beautiful bridges in the world by Architectural Digest magazine, ATV reports.

The bridge was listed as the ninth most beautiful bridge, while the first place went to the 36-metre high Henderson Waves bridge in Singapore.

The magazine writes that all of the bridges are travel destinations in their own right.

The Chain Bridge designed by Briton William Tierney Clark was dedicated in 1849. (atv.hu; hirado.hu; architecturaldigest.com)


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