Two business leaders were sentenced to prison for having dumped rubble in the Calanques of Marseille


Author: Clark Tos
2022-11-08 15:29:02

The two men, who deny the facts, had been caught red-handed by automatic cameras while polluting the places concerned. They face eighteen months in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros.

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The facts took place between January 17 and March 29, 2018 in the heart of the Calanques de Marseille . Two business leaders in the construction industry were tried on Monday, November 7 for having dumped rubble in a Natura 2000 site whose land belongs to the Israelite Consistory of Marseille, four years ago.

On the images captured by the automatic cameras of the place, we can see sixteen rotations of trucks belonging to them dumping rubble. Many waste like boulders, concrete blocks, tiles, plastic or even glass wool had been found a few months earlier, in December 2017, on an area of ​​2000 square meters and to a height of eight meters, by the National Park of creeks .

But in court, the two business leaders denied the facts, arguing that a verbal agreement with the Consistory had been made to drop off equipment and park their trucks in exchange for cleaning the land. Thus, they would only have moved the waste and rubble that was already there.

“We took this land for a waste dump”

Example of litter on a beach, here in Tarutao, Thailand. Credit: Utopia_88/iStock

A speech that did not convince the prosecutor Michel Sastre who denounces this ' scourge that distorts our region » : « This speech saddens me. Here you have the archetype of rogue bosses who think they are saving money with impunity and who come to present themselves as defenders of the environment ».

These sixteen deposits of rubble by trucks represented a significant saving for the two contractors, recalls the prosecutor. The rental and evacuation by dump trucks being paid for in the waste collection centre, the two defendants made a saving of 24,000 euros.

However, as an inspector from the environment of the Calanques National Park, after the fires, nature repairs itself, but with these waste dumps no repair is possible “, she regrets. ' We took this land for a dump “, said Céleste Savignac, lawyer for the Israelite Consistory, who is also claiming 4,500 euros in damages which correspond to an estimate for cleaning up the land. 2,000 euros in non-pecuniary damage were also claimed.

The court required eighteen months in prison, twelve of which were suspended, and a fine of 15,000 euros. Judgment will be rendered on November 21.

Source : 20 Minutes