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Charges filed in Pike River mine blast

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Charges related to health and safety failures in the deadly 2010 Pike River coal mine explosion in New Zealand were filed Thursday, officials said.

The court said the names of the three parties and the 25 charges against them have been suppressed to protect those involved while the investigation is still ongoing, the the New Zealand Herald Online reported.

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The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the tragedy that killed 29 miners last November will resume Monday, officials said.

"We hope (the charges) won't actually impede the commission and its work. We are determined the process will continue," Nicholas Davidson, an attorney for the victims' families, told the New Zealand Herald Online.

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