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Spanish court acquits Prestige crew of causing 2002 oil disaster

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A judge Wednesday acquitted crew members and a top maritime official of causing a massive oil spill from a tanker off Spain in 2002, one of Europe's worst environmental disasters. 

File picture shows volunteers cleaning the oil-polluted Nemina beach on December 1, 2002, after the tanker Prestige spilled 50,000 tonnes of fuel off the Spanish coast

The Spanish court however sentenced the 78-year-old Greek captain of the Prestige oil tanker to nine months in prison for resisting attempts to tow the wreck away from shore before it spilled its load, killing tens of thousands of seabirds.

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