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Polish woman guilty of killing two million bees: Court

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:09 AM

WARSAW (AFP) - A Polish court on Tuesday handed down a suspended four-month jail term to a woman it found guilty of killing two million bees through excessive use of an anti-mosquito product.

The woman, who was only identified by the court as Joanna S. because of privacy laws, was in charge of a municipal anti-mosquito spraying operation and was found to have used a pesticide without the necessary health ministry authorisation.

"The (anti-mosquito) operation could have also taken human lives," said Mr Lucjan Furmanek, head of a beekeepers' association in Gorlice, southeastern Poland.

"I hope the court decision will prevent other thoughtless environmental disasters," he added, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.

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