Israeli to pay for Chile forest fire

Israeli to pay for Chile forest fire

09 February 2012

published by www.skynews.com.au


Chile — An Israeli citizen accused of negligence which started a massive forest fire in a Chilean national park in Patagonia has reached an agreement in court to pay a $US10,000 ($A9,300) fine and to perform community service.

The court in Puerto Natales, 3,200 kilometers south of Santiago, approved the agreement with Israeli national Rotem Singer, a statement by prosecutors said.

The deal calls for charges to be dropped against Singer, who was suspected of setting toilet paper on fire that led to a fire which destroyed some 14,000 hectares in the 230,000-hectare Torres del Paine national park.

Under the agreement, Singer will perform two years of volunteer service for Keren Kayemet LeIsrael, a group specialising in reforestation, and will help raise funds to replant 50,000 trees.

He had been arrested after a series of wildfires in the South American nations, including one killing seven firefighters. Some officials said radical indigenous activists may have set some of the blazes.
 


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