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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A Brazilian federal judge has temporarily suspended criminal charges against twenty-two people accused of homicide related to the 2015 Mariana Dam burst, including executives from Samarco, Vale and BHP Billinton. The mudslides from the broken dam contaminating hundreds of thousands of acres of land and leveled nearby villages, killing nineteen persons and injuring 250.

Federal Judge Jacques de Queiroz Ferreira accepted the defense’s claim that the proof for the charges by the prosecutor's office against their clients was based on unlawful wire-tapping of the executives involved . . .

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