The BBC is reporting that Swiss tycoon Stephan Schidheiny & Belgian baron Jean-Louis de Cartier have been sentenced to 16 years in jail for their roles in knowingly exposing thousands to asbestos.
ADAO co-founder & Miles For Meso 2012 Symposium speaker Linda Reinstein left this year’s event to travel unexpectedly to Milan for the verdict.
It is an unprecedented ruling that will undoubtedly affect all future cases.
Two convicted in asbestos-linked deaths trial in Italy
A BBC Report
“This trial will go down in history… but it will not bring my dad back,” Piero Ferraris, whose father Evasio died in 1988 of lung cancer after working in a local Eternit factory, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
An Italian court has convicted a Swiss tycoon and a Belgian baron of negligence over some 2,200 asbestos-related deaths.
Stephan Schidheiny and Jean-Louis de Cartier each got 16 years in prison.
The Turin court said the two had failed to comply with safety rules at building firm Eternit, where they were key shareholders. They denied the charges.
Prosecutors argued that thousands had died from contact with asbestos fibres processed in four of the firm’s plants.
Swiss Schmidheiny, 64, and Belgian De Cartier, 90, were sentenced in absentia on Monday.