BERLIN – The German court on Tuesday proposed ending an criminal trial caused by a fatal mass panic at the 2010 Love Parade techno music festival, citing questions about when the trial could resume in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
The German news agency, dpa reported that the Duisburg state court suggested closing the trial in which three of the original 10 defendants faced charges that included accidental killings and bodily injuries. They were accused of planning a failure and not monitoring security properly at an event where 21 people were killed.
The court gave the parties to the case until April 20 to respond to the proposal. If they accept it, the trial will end without a verdict, and the statute of limitations on fees will end in July.
The assembly opened in 2017 in Duisburg, a city in western Germany where the festival took place. Prosecutors last year dropped their cases against seven defendants; all three are still in the trial work for the Lopavent event organizer to remain in trial.
In its proposal, the court said that because of the pandemic, it was impossible to estimate when and how the trial could proceed.
The last trial session was held on March 4. The next session is scheduled for April 21, but it is now unclear whether it will take place.
Germany recorded more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the virus on Tuesday.
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