Eight charged with murder over quarry landslide deaths in Borba

Over a year since five men were killed when a road collapsed into a quarry pit in Borba, eight people have been charged with murder and violating rules of safety.

The tragedy was described as ‘an accident waiting to happen’ (click here).

Aerial shots of the disaster testified to the terrifying precarity of the EN255.

Relatives of the dead men were awarded €1.6 million in compensation last summer.

Today’s announcement – by the Department of Investigation and Penal Action of Évora – explains there are nine ‘official suspects’, one being the company that owns the quarry.

Without naming names, DIAP’s announcement describes the eight individuals facing “various crimes of homicide and violation of safety regulations” as “local political decision-makers and heads of State administration services”.