Listen: Criminal Charges Announced in Brazil Dam Collapse
"Police in Brazil have announced the first criminal charges against valley and its German safety fifty auditor to sued over fatal dam collapse in January that killed two hundred seventy people thirteen individuals were also charged seven from volley and and six from the German auditor the Wall Street Journal's Samantha Pearson has more from Sao Paulo. No everyone named today was relatively low level. So basically engineers manages oranges technical staff involved in safety audits of the damn the charges today with a crime of false representations police alleged safety auditors under pressure from Saudi employees basically covered up dangerous conditions at the dam. Today's charges were very important as the police is essentially confirming. The valiant of I said are criminally responsible for what happened in January. So this was not an accident as the chief investigator said today maybe they couldn't have stopped the damn come crashing down in genre but it could have cordoned off evacuated workers when they knew it was unsafe by saving all of those lives a lot depends on whether these charges actually lead to convictions and jail time in Brazil which has an interest slow moving justice system. If you remember same thing happens we'll be on a smaller scale in two thousand fifteen when mine waste dumb joined by valley eighty miles away also collapsed killing nineteen people now at the time. Somebody said it would make fundamental changes to the company in such a disaster would never happen again. As we saw in January it did so a lot depends now as well Brazil's mining regulators which have traditionally taken a hands off approach in Brazil as well as values own shareholders ready to put pressure on the company. Pearson says additional charges are expected in the months ahead."