Saturday, January 3, 2015

Swiss billionaire gets 18 years jail for Italian asbestos deaths

* Negligence led to more than 2,000 asbestos-linked deaths
* Activists say will set precedent in work safety cases
* Schmidheiny tried in absentia, will appeal
MILAN, June 3 (Reuters) - A billionaire Swiss industrialist
convicted for his part in Italy's biggest asbestos scandal had
his jail sentence lengthened to 18 years on Monday, in a ruling
campaigners said would set a precedent for work-safety lawsuits.

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