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Spanien
11/13/2013

"Prestige"-Kapitän wurde freigesprochen

Elf Jahre nach dem Tanker-Unglück und der darauf folgenden Ölpest kam ein Gericht in La Coruna zu einer Entscheidung.

Elf Jahre nach der schwersten Tanker-Katastrophe in der Geschichte Spaniens ist der griechische Kapitän von jeglicher Schuld an dem Unglück freigesprochen worden. Ein Gericht im nordwestspanischen La Coruna entlastete am Mittwoch auch den griechischen Maschinisten des Öltankers "Prestige" sowie einen staatlichen Vertreter. Allerdings verhängte es eine Haftstrafe von neun Monaten gegen den Kapitän wegen Befehlsverweigerung.

50.000 Öl ausgetreten

Durch das Tankerunglück im November 2002 waren mindestens 50.000 Tonnen Schweröl in den Atlantik geströmt und hatten die Küsten Spaniens, Frankreichs und Portugals über mehr als 1700 Kilometer verseucht. Die "Prestige" war am 13. November leck geschlagen und sechs Tage später gesunken. Die spanischen Behörden hatten nach dem ersten SOS-Signalen das Schiff möglichst weit weg von der spanischen Küste beordert. Das Abschleppen seines Schiffes hatte der heute 78-jährigen Kapitän Apostolos Mangouras, der einen Hafen anlaufen wollte, zunächst verweigert.

11 Jahre danach: Urteil um Ölkatastrophe

APA dead bird covered in oil lies on top of a part of a lifeboat from the Prestige tanker near Porto do Son, northwestern Spain, Monday Nov. 25, 2002, after the Bahamas-registered oil tanker carrying 77,000 metic tons, 20.5 million gallons of oil sank int

APAn unidentified man looks down on an oil-stained beach near Camelle, northern Spain, Sunday, Nov 17, 2002 after an estimated 3,000 metric tons of fuel oil were washed up after leaking from the stricken Bahamas-flagged Prestige, carrying some 77,000 metr

APA bird covered with oil walks accross some rocks in Malpica, northwestern Spain, Saturday Nov. 16, 2002 after oil spilled from the Bahamas-flaged tanker Prestige washed ashore Saturday. The tanker, that is in danger of splitting in two, is now being tow

LC16 - 20021116 - CAMELLE, SPAIN : View of the Santa Mariña beacCamelCamelle, nost Spain, Saturday 16 November 2002, one ofne of the areas affected by the oil slick after oil spilled from the Bahamas-flagged tanker "Prestige;. E;. EPA PHOTO EFE LAVANDEIR

EPAepa03434851 General view of the first courtroom hearing to establish responsibilities for the oil spill off the coast of Galicia caused by the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige in 2002, in A Coruna, Galicia, northwestern Spain, 16 October 2012. The c

EPAepa03434867 Accused captain of the ship, Apostolos Mangouras, during the first courtroom hearing to establish responsibilities for the oil spill off the coast of Galicia caused by the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige in 2002, in A Coruna, Galicia, n

EFEThe captain of the striken oiltanker Prestige, Apostolus Maguras of Greece, center, is escorted by two Spanish civil guards after being detained on arrival in La Coruna, northwestern Spain, Friday Nov. 15, 2002. Maguras was arrested after maritime auth

The bow of the Prestige oil tanker floats above water moments before sinking in waters off northern Spain November 19, 2002. The tanker broke into two earlier in the day. The Prestige went down with some 70,000 tonnes of fuel oil. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

The Bahamian-flagged Prestige Oil tanker sinks off the northwest Spanish coast November 19, 2002. A tanker laden with 70,000 tonnes of fuel oil split in two off northwest Spain on Tuesday and its stern section sank, triggering what ecologists said could b

This ESA (European Space Agency) Envisat radar satellite image released 20 November 2002 shows the oil slick from the stricken oil tanker Prestige (Lower-L) about 100 km (62 miles) off the coast of Spain (R). The oil has already fouled a nearly 200 km (12

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar holds his head in his hands while listening to opposition parliamentarians during a parliamentary session in Madrid on December 16, 2002. Aznar defended his governments handling of the Prestige tanker disaster. Both

APSpains King Juan Carlos, right, and Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, left, leave an oil stained beach in Muxia in northwestern Spain Monday Dec. 2, 2002. Fuel oil continues to wash ashore after the stricken Bahamas flagged tanker Prestige sa

MA07 - 20021117 - CAMELLE, SPAIN : A cameraman films the coastline in Camelle, northwestern Spain, Sunday 17 November 2002, after oil spilled from the Bahamas-flagged tanker Prestige washed ashore. The tanker, that is in danger of splitting in two, is now

POOLThe Bahamas-registered Prestige oil tanker is seen some 70 nautical miles (132 kilometers) off Spains coast in the Atlantic ocean, Sunday Nov. 17, 2002. Spain battled to contain an oil spill Sunday from the striken tanker as slicks washed up on the be

MAL03 - 20021118 - MALPICA, SPAIN : Spanish Navy troopers begin on Monday, 18 November 2002, to clean the coastline in Malpica, north-western Spain, after oil spilled from the Bahamas-flagged tanker Prestige washed ashore. The tanker, that is in danger of

A rainbow shines over rocks covered in a slick of fuel oil at a beach at Trabas, northern Spain, November 20, 2002. The 26-year-old Bahamas-flagged vessel Presige took some 60,000 tonnes of viscous fuel oil to the bottom of the Atlantic when it finally br

C09 - 20021210 - FINISTERRE, SPAIN : Spanish soldiers wearing protective suit work to clean Langosteira beach in Finisterre, northwestern Spain, on Tuesday 10 December 2002. Thousands of soldiers have joined volunteers cleaning hundreds of kilometers of c

A Spanish soldier stands on the oil stained coast of the Cies Islands natural reserve off the Galician coast on December 10, 2002 during cleanup work. Some 125 tonnes of fuel oil are leaking from the wreckage of the sunken tanker Prestige each day and tak

Workers continue to clean the oil from the Prestige oil spill on Galician beaches, near Finisterre on Friday 08 August 2003, while sun-seekers enyoy the sun and swim under the clear skies of what looks like a tropical summer on these usually breezy, cool

The second prizewinner in the Nature and the Environment category of the World Press Photo contest 2003, announced on February 14, 2003 in Rotterdam, taken by Carlos Spottorno. The photo shows a working on the oil spill from the tanker Prestige which sank

Der spanischen Regierung war nach dem Unglück vorgeworfen worden, sie habe mit ihrer umstrittenen Entscheidung die Auswirkungen der Ölpest womöglich noch vergrößert. Als einziger staatlicher Vertreter war in La Coruna der damalige Chef der spanischen Handelsmarine, Jose Luis Lopez-Sors, angeklagt.

Vier Milliarden Euro Schaden

Damals verendeten Zehntausende Seevögel an den Küsten, obwohl mehr als 300.000 Freiwillige aus ganz Europa gegen die Ölpest kämpften. Die Fischerei musste zeitweise eingestellt werden. Der Gesamtschaden wird auf vier Milliarden Euro geschätzt.

Ebenfalls angeklagt war in La Coruna ein aus den Philippinen stammender, aber bis heute flüchtiger Offizier der "Prestige". Die Staatsanwaltschaft hatte für die Angeklagten langjährige Haftstrafen gefordert.

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