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Kaprun Fire Verdict
Friday, 20 February 2004




As has been widely reported in mainstream media, an Austrian judge has acquitted all 16 people accused of responsibility for the underground funicular railway fire at Kaprun which killed 155 people in November 2000. The victims were from Austria, The Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Slovenia, The Netherlands and the USA
The judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to find any of the people, who included lift company staff and officials as well as Austrian government safety inspectors responsible.
The defence argued that the defects in the faulty heater were a design fault only discovered after the tragedy and not known at the time it happened. The Prosecution argued that the heater should till not have been installed and doubly should not have been installed close to hydraulics where the oil caught fire. The Prosecution have launched an appeal against the judge's decision.

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