Decision ID: 003652

In June 2009 the 1992 Fund Executive Committee noted that in March 2009 the Criminal Court in Corcubión (Spain), which had started an investigation into the cause of the incident to determine whether any criminal liability could arise from the events, had issued a decision declaring the instruction phase of the case concluded, that in the decision the Court had exonerated from prosecution the civil servant who had been involved in the decision not to allow the Prestige into a place of refuge in Spain and that the Court had decided to continue the proceedings against the Master, Chief Officer and Chief Engineer of the Prestige. It was noted that some parties to the criminal proceeedings had appelead against this decision, pleading that the Appeal Court should overturn the decision not to prosecute the civil servant mentioned above. It was further noted that the French Government had also appealed, pleading that proceedings should be initiated against some employees of the classification society American Bureau of Shipping which had certified the Prestige.

Date: 31.05.2009
Category: Legal actions
Subject: Criminal proceedings