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Supposed culprit of huge 80-kilometre wildfire in 2012 may be asked to pay 32 million euros

Supposed culprit of huge 80-kilometre wildfire in 2012 may be asked to pay 32 million euros

The investigating judge says that a gardener had been burning trimmings of trees and plants on a rural property in Coín

ÁLVARO FRÍAS / JUAN CANO

Friday, 8 November 2019, 13:26

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Many Costa del Sol residents remember with horror the massive forest fire that swept through inland areas around Coín, Mijas, Ojén and Marbella in the summer of 2012, killing one and destroying 80 square kilometres of countryside.

Now the case judge has finally presented her summary investigation for assessment by prosecutors. In the 43 volumes in 25 boxes, she says that a gardener who was allegedly trying to burn garden waste on a rural property in Coín on 30 August 2012 should be held criminally liable for what happened next and pay 32 million euros in damages.

Prosecutors must also decide what prison sentence to recommend, which could range from seven and a half to 15 years.

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