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Italy: Appeals Court sentences Eternit’s former CEO to 18 years in prison for "a permanent health and environment catastrophe" in asbestos trial

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Author: Swissinfo

Le milliardaire suisse Stephan Schmidheiny été condamné à dix-huit ans de prison lundi à Turin, dans le cadre du procès Eternit…En première instance, en février 2012, [il] avait écopé de seize ans de prison pour avoir provoqué la mort de près de 3000 personnes, ouvriers ou riverains d'usines du groupe Eternit S.p.a Gênes. Lundi, la Cour d'appel a donc alourdi la peine…Peu après le verdict, M. Schmidheiny a fait connaître son intention de porter le jugement devant la Cour de cassation, la plus haute instance judiciaire en Italie… M. Schmidheiny était accusé de "catastrophe sanitaire et environnementale permanente" et infraction aux règles de la sécurité au travail dans les usines de produits à base d'amiante-ciment…[L]a Cour d'appel de Turin a reconnu lundi plusieurs dizaines de millions d'euros de dédommagements aux nombreuses parties civiles.

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3 June 2013

Sentence upped for Swiss tycoon in asbestos trial [Italy]

Author: AFP

An Italian appeals court on Monday increased a sentence in absentia against Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny to 18 years in prison for causing the death of 3,000 people in a landmark asbestos case that is the biggest of its kind…Campaigners immediately hailed the verdict as an important precedent for other legal action over asbestos-related deaths. The tycoon is the former owner of an Italian plant making Eternit construction material using asbestos and was sued by former employees…The appeals court said he was responsible for "a permanent health and environment catastrophe" and had violated work safety rules at his facilities…

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