Minas Gerais court accepts charges against 16 people related to dam disaster

FILE PHOTO: Pictures of victims are seen during a ceremony to mark one year of the disaster of the tailing dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais state, Brazil January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Cristiane Mattos/File Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A judge in the state court of Minas Gerais has accepted charges against 16 people related to the Vale SA dam disaster in Brumadinho a year ago, according to a statement on Friday.

Former Vale Chief Executive Fabio Schvartsman is among defendants in the Brazilian criminal case over the deadly dam burst, the statement posted on the court website said.

Reporting by Marta Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro; Editing by Leslie Adler

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