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Guilty! Eternit Verdict Seeks to Bring Justice

The world watched with bated breath as the final verdict in the internationally known Eternit trial was read

15.02.2012 |ADAO

Today, Monday, February 13, the world watched with bated breath as the final verdict in the internationally known Eternit trial was read by the judge presiding, Dr. Casalbore, in Turin, Italy.

Over 3,000 workers from four Italian plants are represented in this case, but it is not just a landmark case for the workers, or the people of Italy, but rather represents an opportunity to redefine justice around the world. Both defendants, Stephan Schmidheiny and Luis de Cartier de Marchienne, were found guilty and sentenced to 16 years plus damages!

This is a landmark criminal case against those who manufacture and produce asbestos. From one plant alone, Casale Monferrato, there have been more than 1,800 deaths and still hundreds more continue to suffer at the effects of their exposure to asbestos.

Dr. Barry Castleman, an ADAO Science Advisory Board member and leading expert on asbestos said, “The promise of equal justice under law is finally being applied to a billionaire for toxic corporate crime.” Please check back for updates, videos, and photos.

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