Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

30.9 million euro damages ordered in asbestos trial


Turin, June 3 - A Turin appeals court on Monday
ordered compensation of 30.9 million euros be paid by the former
owners of a disastrous cement company to the hard-hit community
of Casale Monferrato.
The compensation came as the court also extended jail terms
for executives of Eternit for contributing to asbestos-linked
health problems among its Italian workforce.
Prosecutors said that around 2,100 people have died from
asbestos-linked tumours among Eternit staff, their families and
people living near the factories affected by asbestos dust in
the air, while hundreds more are ill.
One of the the company's two major plants was located in
Casale Monferrato.
Employees and their families have long claimed that Eternit
did little or nothing to protect its workers and residents
living around its factories from the dangers of asbestos.
Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of the plant, was
sentenced to 18 years after being found guilty of failing to
ensure adequate safety measures at two asbestos-cement plants
the now-defunct Eternit ran in Italy.
At the original trial Schmidheiny was convicted along with
former Eternit managing director and Belgian executive Baron
Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, who has since died.
Schmidheiny was found guilty for the conditions at the
plants Eternit ran in Casale Monferrato and at Cavagnolo near
He can now take an appeal to Italy's supreme Court of
Jail sentences in Italy are not usually served until the
appeals process has been exhausted.

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