Former owners of polluting Italian steelworks condemned | Economic news

MILAN (AP) – Two former owners of a struggling steel plant in southern Italy were convicted on Monday of toxic pollution which prosecutors say has claimed the lives of hundreds of people. They were each sentenced to more than two decades in prison.

Brothers Fabio Riva and Nicola Riva, former owner and manager of the Ilva steel plant in the southern city of Taranto, once the largest in Europe, have been convicted of criminal association aimed at causing an environmental disaster, poisoning the food supply and deliberately neglecting occupational safety. measures.

They were sentenced to 22 years and 20 years respectively.

Two other managers were also found guilty in this case and sentenced to more than two decades, among the 24 former managers convicted in the five-year trial.

Former Apulian governor Nichi Vendola has been convicted of aggravated corruption, accused by prosecutors of putting undue pressure on an environmental official to soften his stance on toxic emissions. This official, Giorgio Assennato, meanwhile, was found guilty of failing to report Vedola’s pressure and sentenced to two years in prison.

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Assennato has denied being pressured by Vendola, a leftist politician who also denied wrongdoing and said the verdict “trampled on the truth”. Vendola has sworn to appeal.

Verdicts are not considered final in Italy until both levels of appeal are exhausted.

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