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Published June 8, 2010 06:50 AM

Indian court convicts seven in Bhopal chemical plant disaster

A twenty-five year wait for first convictions relating to the gas leak at Bhopal chemical plant in India ends, but the contamination of the local environment and population continues

An Indian court has convicted seven people for their part in one of the world's worst industrial disasters - the gas leak at the US-owned Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, Central India in 1984.


Between 7,000 - 10,000 people are thought to have died from the accidental release of toxic gases and a further 15,000 died due to lingering effects, according to Amnesty International.

Thousands of children have also been born with deformities since the disaster because of the poisoning.

The guilty seven, who were all Indian employees of the Indian arm of the company, face jail sentences of no more than two years after tougher charges that could have led to 10-year terms were dropped.

The then chairman of Union Carbide, Warren Anderson, has remained in the US and refuses to face trial.

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