Family members of victims react as they listen to the verdict ...
Feb 13th, 2012
(Reuters) - Family members of victims react as they listen to the verdict during a trial against the Swiss firm Eternit's Italian plant in Turin February 13, 2012. An Italian court on Monday sentenced a Swiss tycoon and a Belgian baron to 16 years in jail for negligence that led to more than 2,000 asbestos-related deaths in the biggest trial of its kind. Former Swiss owner Stephan Schmidheiny and Belgian shareholder and former executive Jean Louis Marie Ghislain De Cartier De Marchienne were accused of intentionally omitting to put in place measures to prevent asbestos damage at Swiss firm Eternit's Italian plants. The defendants, who were not in court, were charged for their role as executives at Eternit's Italian affiliate Eternit SpA. Their lawyers have said they bear no responsibility in the case. The company closed its Italian operations in 1986. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino (ITALY - Tags: CRIME LAW HEALTH BUSINESS) -
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