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The lawyer of the families of the miners who died in the "Soko" mine submits an appeal to the Constitutional Court

Rts: 29.04.2024

The lawyer of the families of the eight miners killed in the “Soko” mine in Sokobanja, Bratislav Stojanović, announced that he is submitting a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court of Serbia for violation of the right to a fair trial.

Bratislav Stojanović believes that the collection of evidence in the proceedings before the Basic and Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office in Nis was conducted in an illegal manner.

“I was not allowed to use all the procedural powers related to the additional expertise from the committee of the Faculty of Mining and Geology, with my proposal to determine the state of methane concentration from the beginning of work in the third shift, on the critical night, starting at 11 p.m. and all to 4”, adds Stojanović.

It was suggested that the decision of the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office in Nis be annulled and the case returned for retrial or that the families be paid compensation for mental pain in the amount of 50,000 euros.

The higher public prosecutor’s office three times dismissed the criminal complaint filed by the relevant ministry against the mine managers.

Eight miners were killed in a mining accident on April 1, 2022 in the Soko mine, while 20 were seriously and lightly injured.

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