10-Dec-2010 10:49 AM

Spanish air traffic controllers under investigation

Spain's Madrid Provincial Prosecutor Eduardo Esteban said a provincial court was handling investigations of 175 controllers, while other provincial courts would be investigating cases against controllers in their areas (Typically Spanish/AFP, 09-Dec-2010). Attorney General Candido Conde-Pumpido said the controllers could eventually be charged with sedition and face jail terms under existing Spain's air navigation law. The protest was the culmination of a long-running dispute with the government over working conditions, work schedules and benefits. Prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero plans to keep the "state of alarm" in force for as long as necessary. It is estimated the strike will cost more than EUR400 million in damages.

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