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Eight to be prosecuted over Stresa-Mottarone cable-car disaster

By Region News North-west Italy

Verbania prosecutors announced today they have notified eight people that their probe into the 2021 Stresa-Mottarone cable-car disaster in Piedmont is complete. 14 people died in the accident.

Verbania prosecutors announced they informed eight people that the investigation into the cable-car disaster is complete. This move usually becomes before indictment requests are filed.

The suspects include Luigi Nerini, the head of the company that managed the service, Technical Director Enrico Perocchio, and Service Manager Gabriele Tadini.

The investigation focused, among other things, on the decision to deactivate the cable-car’s emergency-braking system. The reason for the decision is reported to be to stop it from kicking in and halting the service following a series of technical problems.

The emergency braking system should have prevented the cable car disaster after one of the cables snapped. The prosecutors said monthly checks on the cables were not done and the 68% of them were damaged.

The two companies involving in running and maintaining the service also face trial.

Only one survivor

The only survivor of the disaster was Eitan Biran. An Israeli child, he lost his parents, two-year-old brother and two great grandparents in the disaster.

The boy has been at the centre of a legal battle between the paternal and maternal sides of his family. His maternal grandfather, Shmuel Peleg, was last year given a suspended sentence for taking the child to Israel in September 2021.

Israeli courts ordered his return to Italy in December 2021. The court decided he should remain with his paternal aunt, Aya Biran Nirko after the Italian authorities gave her custody.

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