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Sat, 14 May, 2016 12:08:29 AM
3 officials fined, 1 acquitted
FTimes – STT Report, May 14
Pekka Pera, CEO of Talvivaara during the proceedings of the case in Kainuu district court. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The District Court of Kainuu on Friday imposed a corporate fine of EUR 300,000 on the bankrupt nickel mine company Talvivaara over environmental damage.
The court also fined three of its ranking officials on charges of aggravated environmental crimes while acquitted another official who was also accused.
The case concerned the gypsum pond leakage at the Sotkamo mine in 2006–2013.
The charge of aggravated environmental damage brought against the company was, however,  dismissed.
Talvivaara CEO Pekka Perä was slapped with a 90-day fine while former chief executive Harri Natunen and former Mining Operation Director Lassi Lammassaari  were handed a 60-day fine each.
The court acquitted another accused, head of department of a metal factory Ville Heikkinen of the charges.
The court also asked Talvivaara  to pay 3.5 million euros in compensation to the state.
Talvivaara Sotkamo Ltd has since been declared bankrupt and its operations are now managing by a bankruptcy estate.
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