State attorney halts criminal prosecution in waste smuggling case


The Czech state attorney in Louny has stopped the criminal prosecution of nine suspects in connection with an illegal waste dump uncovered in Libčeves, north Bohemia, three years ago. Several thousand tonnes of waste, it was found then, had been illegally imported from neighbouring Germany. A spokesman for the state attorney’s office confirmed that overall 31 people had originally been investigated, including the head of the German firm suspected of damages. The Czech state attorney chose to drop further proceedings due to legal technicalities as well as after reviewing an assessment by the German authorities, the spokesman said.