The higher prosecutor's office from Niš accepted the complaint of the families of the killed miners from Aleksinac
The higher prosecutor’s office from Niš accepted the objection of the families of the killed miners from Aleksinac, which would theoretically mean that the procedure to determine the guilt for causing the mining accident could still be conducted, N1 learns.
Although the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office from Aleksinac decided at least twice last year that there was no reason to initiate criminal proceedings due to the accident in the Soko mine – when on April 1 eight people died and several dozen were injured in a pit where deadly methane gas erupted, the lawyer Bratislav Stojanović’s family confirmed that the High Prosecutor’s Office from Niš accepted the objection to the dismissal of the criminal complaint against the former Minister of Mining and Energy, Zorana Mihajlović.
The Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Aleksinac rejected the criminal complaint filed by the Ministry of Mining and Energy against 14 persons for the accident in the Soko mine in Citluk near Sokobanja on April 1 last year, when eight miners died.
On July 26 last year, the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Aleksinac completed the investigation of the accident in the Soko mine for the first time and established that there are no grounds for criminal prosecution of anyone due to possible responsibility for the death of eight miners.
A month later, the Ministry of Mining and Energy submitted criminal charges against 14 persons it considered responsible for the accident in the Soko mine to the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office in Niš, as well as two charges of economic offenses against the public company for underground coal mining “Resavica”. and the Belgrade company “Teragold & Co”. As the Ministry announced at the time, a report was filed against the mine because they performed mining works without obtaining a decision on approval issued by the Ministry, and because of Teragold, “because they made a final report on the technical control of the mining project that was not expressed in accordance with the previously approved documentation.” prescribed by law”.