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Five arrested after Brazil dam collapse, including three from Vale

Staff Writer |
Three employees of the Brazilian mining company Vale and two other engineers working on behalf of the company have been arrested, Minas Gerais and São Paulo state prosecutors have said.

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Vale said it was cooperating with investigators, who are looking into a mining disaster that could leave a death toll of more than 300 people.

The tragedy has enraged many in Brazil, and raised fresh questions about Vale’s commitment to safety after a similar disaster at a mine it joint-owned just over three years ago.

Two of Vale’s senior managers at the Córrego do Feijão mine – where a tailings dam burst last Friday, drowning the nearby town of Brumadinho in mining waste – were among those arrested, according to the local judge’s decision. The job of the third Vale employee was not immediately clear.

Two other engineers were arrested in São Paulo, state prosecutors there said.

Minas Gerais investigators issued a total of five arrest warrants and seven search warrants, on suspicion of murder, falsification of documents and environmental crimes, the judge’s decision showed.

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