India: Supreme Court rejects petition to re-open 1984 Bhopal gas disaster case seeking harsher sentences for former Union Carbide managers
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Author: Agence France-Presse
La cour suprême indienne a rejeté mercredi une requête des autorités visant à alourdir les peines prononcées à l'encontre des anciens dirigeants de l'usine de pesticides responsable de l'accident industriel de Bhopal en 1984. La police fédérale avait demandé à la justice que les sept anciens dirigeants soient condamnés pour homicide involontaire. Ce chef d'accusation est passible de dix ans d'emprisonnement. En 1996, la plus haute juridiction du pays avait décidé que les accusés pouvaient uniquement être poursuivis pour négligence."La requête est basée sur un argument faux et erroné", ont estimé les cinq juges de la cour suprême, ajoutant qu'"aucune explication satisfaisante" n'avait été fournie pour formuler cette requête après tant d'années.
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Author: BBC News
India's Supreme Court has rejected a request to re-open the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster case in order to impose harsher sentences on the accused. Prosecutors made the appeal following last June's verdict handing down brief jail sentences to seven former managers at the Union Carbide plant. The accused were prosecuted for negligence in relation to the disaster…Survivors...are extremely disappointed with the court's ruling…[T]he Supreme Court said that the "petition is based on a plea that is wrong and fallacious" [and] that "no satisfactory explanation" had been given for filing the petition…Union Carbide officials had initially been charged with "culpable homicide", but a 1996 court ruling diluted the charges…
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