13 Feb '12, 1pm

A Swiss billionaire and a Belgian baron were sentenced to 16 years in Italy asbestos trial

A Swiss billionaire and a Belgian baron were sentenced to 16 years in Italy asbestos trial

People listen to the president of the courtroom of Turin Giuseppe Casalbore reading the sentence during the trial of two-former Eternit executives, on Feb 13, 2012 at the courtroom in Turin. A Swiss billionaire and a Belgian baron were found guilty and sentenced to 16 years each in prison by an Italian court on Monday in a ground-breaking trial over 3,000 alleged asbestos-related deaths. -- PHOTO: AFP TURIN, Italy (AFP) - A Swiss billionaire and a Belgian baron were found guilty and sentenced to 16 years each in prison by an Italian court on Monday in a ground-breaking trial over 3,000 alleged asbestos-related deaths. Stephan Schmidheiny, the former owner of a company making Eternit fibre cement, and Jean-Louis Marie Ghislain de Cartier de Marchienne, a major shareholder, were sentenced in absentia after being found guilty of causing an environmental disaster and failing t...

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