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Trial begins into Love Parade tragedy

GERMANY -
World News
December 4, 2017

Ten organisers of the Love Parade music festival have gone on trial to face charges in relation to the 2010 event at which 21 people were killed and more than 500 injured (see Audience issue 127).

Most of those who died were either trampled or suffocated in a 22-metre-long tunnel, which was the only entrance to the site, after panic broke out. Around one million people were attending the free festival, held in Duisburg.

Four staff from festival organiser Lopavent and six employees of the City of Duisburg have been charged with negligent manslaughter and bodily harm. All deny any wrongdoing, but if convicted could face up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors claim there were significant mistakes in planning and authorising the event, and that safety measures were insufficient. The defence teams argue many factors contributed to the tragedy.

A Dusseldorf appeals court overturned a decision to drop the case earlier this year. It is unclear how long the trial is expected to last.

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