State prosecutor rejects complaint by suspects in train tragedy

A state prosecutor has rejected a legal complaint by two employees of an Ostrava construction company charged in connection with a deadly train accident in August. Zdeňek Malý and Oldřich Magnusek could face up to ten years in prison for allegedly having failed to have taken steps to properly secure a bridge under construction over tracks in the eastern part of the country. On August 8 the bridge collapsed ahead of an oncoming train. Seven people were killed, and 70 were injured in the tragedy, described as one of the worst Czech railway accidents in recent memory. Both men charged have denied any wrongdoing; the police have not ruled out that others might still be charged in connection with the case.

Author: Jan Velinger