BHP de­nies charges

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

BHP Bil­li­ton has re­jected out­right all crim­i­nal charges laid by the Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties over the Sa­marco dam col­lapse.

BHP Bil­li­ton said it had yet to re­ceive for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the pro­ceed­ings.

Brazil­ian pros­e­cu­tors were re­ported to have charged 26 peo­ple on Thurs­day, 21 of them for qual­i­fied homi­cide for al­leged roles in the col­lapse of a tail­ings dam at the mine, which left 19 peo­ple dead and thou­sands home­less.

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