Five engineers are arrested in Brazil as part of the investigation after a dam collapsed in Minas Gerais. At least 65 people died and hundreds lost.
The dam is part of the mining complex Córrego do Feijão in the state of Minas Gerais southeast of the country.
Three of the engineers arrested on Tuesday work for the Vale, which owns the mine, and was directly involved with the plant’s operating licenses, according to the state prosecution.
The other two jobs for TÜV Süd, a German company that in September carried out the last security inspection at the now collapsed mine.
The five are initially imprisoned up to 30 days. Search orders have also been dispatched.
According to the prosecution, the investigation will clarify Vale’s liability in the accident, which occurred last Friday, and resulted in at least 65 deaths. 279 is still missing, and the authorities have said the death toll is expected to increase sharply.
TÜV Süd confirms in a statement that two of their employees are arrested and support the investigation.
Vale also states in a statement that the company is cooperating with the authorities and making efforts to support affected families.
Vale lost on Tuesday nearly a quarter of its stock market value as investors responded to the disaster.