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The Dutch public prosecutor’s office has said it won’t pursue a case against tobacco makers Philip Morris International Inc., British American Tobacco PLC, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Benelux, all accused by an anti-smoking lobby group of attempted murder and manslaughter.

“A successful prosecution of the tobacco manufacturers — one resulting in a conviction — is not possible within the current regulations and parameters,” the authority said in a statement. Dutch criminal law attorney Benedicte Ficq in 2016 filed charges with the prosecutor’s office on behalf of lung cancer and respiratory disease patients and the Dutch Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation.

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