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Love Parade deaths trial: charges dropped against seven defendants

Three people will be prosecuted in connection with the deaths in 2010...

Love Parade 2010 three to be prosecuted
Love Parade 2010 three to be prosecuted

Charges related to the deaths at the 2010 Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany have been dropped against seven defendants. A remaining three defendants will now face charges in the case.

The 2010 Love Parade ended with the deaths of 21 people and injuries of around 500 others following a stampede caused due to overcrowding at the event. 

Judges from the Duisburg state court judges recommended dropping charges against seven of the defendants in the case due to a lack of evidence to support a case against them which sought to prove individual guilt of involuntary manslaughter and bodily harm.

Those charges against them related to poor planning as well as a failure to monitor crowd numbers and security. Amongst those who had charges dropped against them are six Duisburg city workers and one event organiser. The three remaining organisers on trial turned down an offer to pay €10,000 to end the case, as German prosecution law allows for lesser offences, and therefore remain on trial. 

The trial began in December 2017.

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