the Eternit trial report, Torino (Italy)
by Laurie Kazan-Allen Today (June 3, 2013)In Turin the Appeal Court not only upheld a landmark asbestos verdict of 2012 but upped the prison sentence handed out to Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny from 16 to 18 years!…Continue
An article entitiled "A Toxic Legacy" which appeared in a newspaper published by a Yale University student this week reported calls by AFeVA for an honorary degree awarded to asbestos defendant Stephan Schmidheiny to be withdrawn. Sixteen years before Schmidheiny was sentenced to 16 years in jail by a Turin Court (2012), he had been feted at Yale. At that time, the University’s President Richard Levin cited Schmidheiny's creation of “an attainable vision of a global economy based on sustainable, ecologically sound development.”
In this month's article, Yale journalist Jack Newsham reported that in light of the guilty verdicts handed down by two Italian courts, AFeVA has asked the university to revoke its decision to honor Schmidheiny. So far, it seems, that the university is standing by its decision. the article can be read online at:…Continue
The news that renowned Labor Inspector Fernanda Giannasi has retired this month (August 2013) has led to an outpouring of support and commendation for this courageous and pioneering champion of working people. For thirty years, Fernanda has been on the frontline of the campaign to support asbestos victims and ban asbestos in Brazil. Her generosity of spirit and campaigning activities have, however, extended far beyond the borders of her country. Her involvement with Italian colleagues began over two decades ago and she has worked tirelessly to achieve a synergy in the Italian and Brazilian campaigns for asbestos justice.
In April 2011, Fernanda took part in activities in Casale Monferrato to mark International Workers Memorial Day. Her presence had a huge impact on the citizens in this…Continue
On 10th and 11th june in Seville (Spain) will be held the first collective trial against asbestos industry in Spain.
24 damaged people and the relatives of one victim are demanding a compensation up to 2mln of euros against Uralita, the main spanish asbestos products industry. Outside the gates of the courtroom victims and associations of various cities of Spain will gather together. A small delegation of Afeva will come to support spanish fight.
Attached press release in spanish.PressRelease
Lower court had handed down 16 years. Municipality of Casale Monferrato awarded €30 million in compensation, €20 million to regional authority
Dignified tears and hugs greeted the reading of the sentence in Turin. Swiss industrialist Stephan Schmidheiny, in the dock at the Eternit asbestos trial, was being sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for culpable disaster. The lower court had handed down 16 years. The appeal court also ordered payment of €20 million in interim damages to the Piedmont regional authority and more than €30.9 million to the municipality of Casale Monferrato.
PLUS TWO – In “partial reform” of the lower court’s verdict, the appeal judge raised by two years the sentence given to the 66-year-old Swiss executive, the only surviving defendant in the Eternit case after the death at the age of 92 on 21 May of Belgian Baron Louis de Cartier de Marchienne. Mr Schmidheiny was found…Continue
The council of Europe (Not to be confused with European Council or Council of the European Union.) . includes countries such as Russia and most of the former Eastern European block. The deputy mayor of Frassineto, former Senator Muzio is presenting an appeal (attached in French) also signed by other Italians, French, Rumanians, Poles, German, Armenians and Norwegian representatives of Local Authorities which was presented at the 22nd Local and Regional Authority Conference  and will be discussed at the next meeting in Ankara on June the 27th. The current vice president and past president is Merces Bresso former Chair of the Region Piedmont who was involved in the…Continue
On february 28th many people of Andeva (french association) with the support of two delegation from Belgium (abeva) and Casale (Afeva) gathered in front of the Palais de justice of Paris demanding a fair process against asbestos industries. The french appeal court is examinating the position of nine people - many of them former Ceo of Asbestos companies. The court will decide wether there are evidences to open a process or not. We will wait with hope.Original news (in french)
A report published by the European Environmental Agency (EEA), ‘Late Lessons from Early Warnings, volume II’, provides historical case studies, which show that warnings about asbestos were ignored or sidelined until damage to health and the environment was inevitable.
The ensuing human, social and economic costs…Continue
Further hearings will commence on February 14, 2013 in the case which has become known as the “Great Asbestos Trial.” Hundreds of pages of legal argument submitted to the Turin Court challenge first degree guilty verdicts handed down one year ago by a three-judge panel to defendants Stephan Schmidheiny (Switzerland) and Baron Louis de Cartier (Belgium). Neither one of the former asbestos executives, both of whom were convicted for their part in the causation of an Italian asbestos disaster, has complied with court orders to pay compensation to thousands of victims, associations, municipal authorities and civic bodies.
In an article published on January 26, 2013 in La Stampa de Cartier's lawyers Carlo Enrico Paliero and Cesare Zaccone called the €89 million fine “intolerable”. There is, de Cartier's lawyers say, no proof of any causal link between the incidence of occupational asbestos disease and their client's actions. Schmidheiney's lawyers are trying to overturn the…Continue