Argentine court convicts band in nightclub fire

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 10:05 PM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine appeals court has thrown out innocent verdicts for a rock band in the deaths of 194 people in a nightclub fire and found them guilty.

Wednesday's ruling means the seven members of the Callejeros now face 11 years in prison for bribery and involuntarily starting the 2004 fire, which was caused when someone in the audience lit a flare below the flammable ceiling.

The Cromagnon Republic nightclub was given a permit even though it lacked basic safety measures and the doors were locked to keep people from sneaking in.

The appeals court upheld convictions for the concert promoter, the band's manager, a police officer and several city inspectors.

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