Uzbekistan sentences 17 people over dam burst

Uzbekistan sentences 17 people over dam burst

Uzbekistan's Supreme Court has sentenced 17 men to various jail terms and fines over the embezzlement, negligence, violation of engineering works over the Sardoba dam burst in central Syrdarya region last year, the Supreme Court press service said Monday.

Six of the defendants, who occupied senior positions in companies engaged in building the dam, were given 3 to 10 years prison terms, and the rest faced fines, equivalent to around 13,000 U.S. dollars, Xinhua reported.

Around 90,000 people were evacuated when Sardoba dam in the Syrdarya region burst, flooding residential areas and crop fields on May 1, 2020.

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