Italy scientists sentenced to jail in quake trial
L'AQUILA, Italy (AFP) - Six Italian scientists and a government official were sentenced to six years in jail on Monday for multiple manslaughter in a watershed ruling that found them guilty of underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in 2009.
They were also ordered to pay more than nine million euros (almost S$14.4 million) in damages to survivors in the devastated medieval town of L'Aquila in a case that has sparked outrage in the international science community.
Seismologists in Italy and beyond were horrified by the unprecedented sentence and argued that all science was being put on trial.
Under the Italian justice system, the seven remain free until they have exhausted two chances to appeal the verdict.