by Laurie Kazan-Allen
The Italian Prosecutor at the center of the historic criminal prosecutions of former asbestos businessmen for the deaths of thousands of Italian citizens (see: Postscript to the Great Asbestos Trial) is now investigating reports of asbestos imports to Italy in 2012 despite the fact that the country banned asbestos a decade previously. Public Prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello has called on the “polizia giudiziaria,” the police authority working for the investigating magistrates, to trace deliveries and documentation for asbestos shipments from India to Italy.
Officials at Customs and Excise have not only confirmed that asbestos was imported but also established that these imports continued throughout 2014. As of now (January 14, 2015), no one has been charged or indicted over this flagrant breach of Italian law. Read more