Italy Asbestos Trial
Relatives of the victims react following the verdict of the trial in asbestos-linked deaths in Turin, Italy, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. An Italian court Monday convicted two European men of negligence in hundreds of asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from a Swiss construction company's factory, sentenced each of them to 16 years in prison and ordered them to pay millions of euros (dollars) in damages. During the trial some 2,100 deaths or illnesses were blamed on the asbestos fibers, which can cause grave lung problems, including cancer. Prosecutors alleged that the fibers were linked to hundreds of deaths, and that the contamination stretched over decades. Going on trial in December, 2009, in the northern industrial city of Turin were Jean-Louise de Cartier of Belgium and Stephan Schmidheiny of Switzerland, both key shareholders in Eternit. (AP Photo/Daniele Badolato, Lapresse)
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