Verdict set for Monday in Italy quake scientists trial

Oct 19, 2012

A verdict in the trial of seven top Italian scientists for manslaughter for underestimating the risks of an earthquake which killed 309 people in L'Aquila, central Italy, in 2009, is expected on Monday.

"The verdict is expected on October 22," said Enzo Musco, a lawyer for Professor Gian Michele Calvi who is one of the defendants.

The prosecutor's office has asked for sentences of four years in prison for each of the seven who were all members of the Major Risks Committee.

The committee met in the central Italian city on March 31, 2009—six days before the powerful earthquake devastated the region—after a series of small in the preceding weeks had sown panic among local inhabitants.

Fabio Picuti said the experts had provided "an incomplete, inept, unsuitable and criminally mistaken" analysis after that meeting, which reassured locals and prevented them from preparing for the quake.

The experts had said after their meeting that they could not predict an earthquake but urged to ensure safety rules were respected.

The seven include Enzo Boschi, who at the time was the head of Italy's National Institute for and Vulcanology.

The La Repubblica daily on Friday also reported on a separate case against an engineer who lost his daughter in the earthquake but was put on trial for failing to respect anti-quake regulations in one of his constructions.

Diego De Angelis, 67, was convicted on Thursday and sentenced to three years in prison.

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AceLepage
not rated yet Oct 19, 2012
So, who is going to sign up to be a future "Major Risks Committee" member? I cannot fathom how someone can assign responsibility for an earthquake's effect to any individual or group. This sounds like something out of the 1600s.
russcelt
not rated yet Oct 20, 2012
Someone misses the authority of the Inquisition, but then modern European liberals have not left witch hunts as far behind as they would have you believe. Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (1) Oct 20, 2012
@russcelt Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997.
What exactly does that have do with earthquakes in Italy? Did you know that tories made you drive on the wrong side of the road?
_lijahpaul_oses
1 / 5 (2) Oct 22, 2012
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