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Coronavirus forces end of Love Parade inquiry

The trial of those accused of responsibility for the fatal crush at Love Parade 2010 has been closed as the ten-year statue of limitations approaches

By IQ on 04 May 2020

A memorial to Love Parade 2010 victims outside the tunnel where the crush occurred

A memorial to victims outside the tunnel where the crush occurred

image © Marcus Bauer (weltmeisterer)/Flickr

A regional court in Germany has ordered a definitive end to the trial of the organisers of the 2010 Love Parade festival.

The current trial began in December 2017 after previous legal proceedings cleared the defendants – four employees of festival promoter Lopavent and six of the city of Duisburg, in North Rhine-Westphalia – of any wrongdoing.

While prosecutors said at the start of the trial they were confident of securing prosecutions, the impact of the coronavirus means that reaching a verdict before the ten-year statute of limitations expires in July would be impossible, Duisburg regional court ruled. The trial lasted 184 days, according to Deutsche Welle.

Twenty-one people died, and more than 650 were injured, on 24 July 2010 in a crush in a tunnel that served as the sole entrance to the long-running techno festival. Over a million people are said to have attended the 2010 event, which was held at a former goods yard in Duisburg with a capacity of around 250,000.

The victims included festivalgoers from Spain, Australia, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China and the Netherlands.


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