Ms Ángela Uría

Ángela Uría

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Prestige case: €2.2 billion in environmental damages at stake
Spain | 09 June 2014

In 2002 the vessel Prestige sank 138 nautical miles off the Spanish coast, spilling 63,000 tons of fuel oil into the sea. The Criminal Provincial Court of A Coruna acquitted all the defendants of criminal offences against the environment. However, an appeal is pending before the Supreme Court; should the judgment be confirmed, the victims would still have legal avenues open to them in order to seek compensation for damages.