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20 Years for Manager in Tragic Club Blaze, but Band Acquitted [Argentina]

Author: Marcela Valente, IPS, Published on: 19 August 2009

Nearly five years after a fire in a night club in the Argentine capital claimed the lives of 194 young people, a court...issued sentences of between 18 and 20 years for Omar Chabán, the former manager of the República Cromañón club; Carlos Díaz, a senior police official; and Diego Argañaraz, the manager of the rock band Callejeros...[But the judges absolved the members of the band]...Athough the dance club had wide emergency exits, they were chained shut to keep people from sneaking in without paying...The disaster revealed negligence on the part of the club's owner... [also refers to Kheyvis dance club]

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