Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Architect convicted of manslaughter in L'Aquila trial

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(ANSA) – L'Aquila, October 30 – An elderly architect was
found guilty of manslaughter and culpable disaster and sentenced
to three years in jail on Tuesday for the collapse of two
buildings in the April 6, 2009 L'Aquila earthquake that claimed
309 lives.
Augusto Angelini, 85, designed and oversaw construction of
the buildings located at numbers 33 and 39 of Via Luigi Sturzo
in the historic centre, in which 29 people died.
Both structures dated to 1965 and were built from
reinforced concrete.
Investigators claimed the buildings collapsed due to the
poor quality of the concrete used, inadequate construction
methods and design faults and errors in the structural
calculations.
Angelini, who was not present for the sentence due to
health reasons, is the only surviving member of a group of five
people believed by the prosecution to be responsible for the
collapse.
Last week the L'Aquila prosecutor's office secured a
manslaughter conviction for six top-level scientists and a
public official for allegedly failing to pass on correct
information about the threat facing L'Aquila and the surrounding
area just a few days before the earthquake struck.
The verdict and six-year jail sentences sparked dismay and
outrage among the Italian and international scientific
communities, which insisted that earthquakes cannot be
accurately predicted.
The defendants will appeal against the sentence once the
full reasoning has been made known.
Earlier this month the L'Aquila court also sentenced local
engineer Diego De Angelis to three years in prison over the
collapse of a building in Via Generale Rossi as a result of the
quake.
His daughter Jenny was one of the 17 people who died when
that building collapsed.

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