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Drawing by Herrmann (Tribune de Genève)
The Tribune de Genève published my recent commentary on « Guilty Industrialists » which mentioned the verdicts concerning Eternit and Monsanto announced on 13 February 2012. (See article "Double Victory in Court Rulings") In the case of Eternit, the guilty persons were each condemned to a prison sentence of 16 years. It is likely that they will escape incarceration. Monsanto, on the other hand, has to totally compensate the injured party a sum of money that is « a drop in the ocean » of the company’s 2011 benefits totaling US$6.08 billion.
On 27 January 2012, Jean-Claude Mas, founder of the company PIP (Poly Implant Prothèse) which made breast implants, was charged with causing bodily harm and banned from leaving France, after being released on bail. The PIP implants, which are filled with an irritating silicone gel, present a “high risk of rupture” (5% according to French authorities). From 400,000 to 500,000 women in the world carry these implants. Although other countries are paying for the cost of having these implants removed, the Swiss health authority, Swissmedic, has to date not recommended their removal for the 280 women carrying them.
What about the CEOs of these companies? There will be no prison sentences and once again, the fines will be a “drop in the ocean.”
by Meris Michaels
(Ref: “Marée noire; le process des superlatifs”, « Le patron des prothèses PIP placé en garde à vue » – Tribune de Genève)