Acquittal for 11 people charged in A-7 work accident

ELEVEN people who faced trial to determine their liability in a mortal accident on the A-7 in Almuñecar has been acquitted.

Six workmen died in November 2005 while they were working on a viaduct on the A-7 motorway.

The public prosecutor, after hearing the testimonies of the experts who evaluated the accident, dropped the charges against them.

However, the unions Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) and UGT (General Workers Union) maintained their request for prison time for the accused and are expected to appeal.

Ten of the accused were facing prison for crimes against the rights of workers, negligent manslaughter and negligent bodily harm.

As well as the prison time, they faced being banned from their professions.

Twelve people were initially charged but during the first day of the trial, the judge removed the accusation against the Head of the Eastern Andalucia Roads Department.

All of the accused claimed that no-one could have predicted the accident, as due precautions had been taken for the builders who were working at a great height.

Even one of the men injured, who repaired the machinery they used to reach such heights, claimed it was in perfect condition.

Several Portuguese workers who were injured failed to appear in court and are now wanted by Interpol.

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