The case was seemingly thrown out last year.
A German court has ordered a trial over the deaths at the infamous 2010 Love Parade Festival, reversing a decision from a lower court that would not hear the case, Associated Press reports.
It is the most significant update on the case since 2014 when 10 event organizers and city workers connected to the Duisburg festival were charged with crimes including involuntary manslaughter and bodily harm. Though a lack of evidence kept the case out of Duisburg courts last year, a higher court in Düsseldorf has now overruled the decision citing “sufficient probability” of crimes. They also claimed the lower court had “overly high demands” of conviction in the original case.
Love Parade’s 21 deaths and estimated 500 injuries occurred after festivalgoers were crushed in a small tunnel that was the sole entrance point. The festival capacity was meant to be 250,000, but headcounts were reported at more than 500,000.
Duisburg courts will now be responsible for setting court dates. If convicted, the defendants could each face up to five years in jail. [via Resident Advisor]