Italy -Court judges claim against Eternit expired -November 27, 2014

The Supreme Court of Cassation has overturned a Turin court decision condemning one of the owners of Eternit Group, claiming the sentence is not applicable because of the long period of time that has passed. The dismissal of the accusations against the group owners is a slap to almost 3,000 victims.

In one of the longest fights against the asbestos exposure of workers the public prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Cassation has overturned a Turin court decision condemning the Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, one of the owners of Eternit Group, claiming the sentence is not applicable because of the long period of time that has passed since the crime took place. The dismissal of the accusations against the group owners is a slap to almost 3,000 victims who according to the Turin Prosecutor’s office were either working at the four Italian Eternit plants in Cavagnolo, Casale Monferrato, Rubiera near Reggio Emilia and Bagnoli, near Naples, or lived near them. The decision also cancels the compensatory payments to the victims and their families. The trade unions claim that the harmful effects from asbestos exposure in many cases continue for more than 40 years and therefore have nothing to do with the timing of judicial proceedings.

English: http://www.industriall-union.org/eternit-owners-crime-judged-expired ...  

http://www.france24.com/en/20141120-outrage-italy-quashes-asbestos-conviction-trial ...  

 

 

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