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24 Jul 2015

Sandra Cordon, ANSA (Italy)

Eternit case to Constitutional Court

The bitter and long-running Eternit case into the asbestos poisoning deaths of 258 people was referred Friday to Italy's Constitutional Court to rule on whether the former company owner could be tried a second time…A preliminary court judge has asked for a ruling on the constitutionality of a second trial against Swiss tycoon Stephan Schmidheiny…[A] spokesman for some of the families of the victims…said the argument did not stand…"It would be as if citizens were given an exemption for murder,"…In 2012, Schmidheiny was found guilty of negligence…However…Italy's highest appeals body overturned the 18-year sentence against Schmidheiny, saying the case had timed out…Turin prosecutors said Friday they want to add new charges related to 94 other deaths from asbestos poisoning…