HEALTH & SAFETY
Live events sector
Ten of the organisers of the tragic 2010 Love Parade festival are now on trial in Germany.
The ten defendants – four employees of the festival’s promoter, Lopavent, and six officials of the city of Duisburg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, were initially cleared of any wrongdoing in an April 2016 decision by the Duisburg state court, which found there was “no sufficient case to answer”. The ruling was widely criticsed and was described as a “judicial scandal” by relatives of the deceased. The appeals court overturned the decision in April of this year, with prosecutors saying they are confident of convictions the second time around.
Twenty-one people died, and more than 650 were injured in the 24th July 2010 crush in a tunnel that served as the sole entrance to the techno festival. Over a million people are said to have attended the 2010 event, which was held at a former goods yard with a capacity of around 250,000.
The victims included festivalgoers from Spain, Australia, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China and the Netherlands.
The defendants face charges of negligent manslaughter and bodily harm. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison each The scale of the trial and the huge public interest has forced court officials to move the proceedings from the Duisburg state court to a 500-seat convention hall in nearby Dusseldorf.
IQ reports that Love Parade’s founder, DJ Dr Motte, says he hopes the trial will “shed full light” on how the tragedy was allowed by happen. “That’s what the parents want, and that’s what matters most”.
The defendants have denied wrongdoing in the disaster.