February 19, 2014 by WCMC
The Seville Office of the Environment has formally filed written charges, similar to an indictment, against Bill Williams for crimes against the environment and criminal damage to the public domain.
The charges allege that Williams and his co-defendants, who were employed as managers at the Cobre las Cruces mine in Seville, willfully violated permit conditions which then led to the poisoning of an aquifer.
Prosecutor Yolanda Ortiz Mallol is requesting that Williams serve prison terms of four years and one and a half years, respectively. The Office of the Environment also is seeking fines totaling €11,700.
The charges were filed with a magistrate in Seville on January 7, 2014.