L'Aquila earthquake: Scientists sentenced to six years in prison
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L'Aquila earthquake: Scientists sentenced to six years in prison

Rome : Italy | Oct 23, 2012 at 1:53 AM PDT
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Italian scientists accused of underestimating the risks before the deadly earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009, were sentenced Monday to six years in jail for "manslaughter" by the court of the city of Abruzzo, found a journalist from AFP. End of September, the prosecution had requested four years in prison against the seven members of the Italian 'large risks': six experts earthquakes and the Deputy Director of Emergency Preparedness, Bernardo De BERNARDINIS. The defense had asked for their acquittal, arguing that no scientist can predict an earthquake. A meeting six days before the earthquake The earthquake of 6 April 2009, which devastated the city, killing more than 300 people dead and tens of thousands homeless, trauma remains in Italy. The commission "large risks" was held in L'Aquila six days before the earthquake and no special precaution had been taken to the outcome. "You can not call it a victory. This is a tragedy, anyway, it will not bring back our loved ones, "responded Aldo Scimia, whose mother was killed in the earthquake. "I continue to call it a massacre committed by the State, but at least we hope that our children will have lives safer," he added. Before the verdict, the prosecutor Fabio Picuti did not hesitate to make a comparison with the assessment of terrorist risks to the United States after the attacks of September 11, 2001. "After September 11, the report showed an insufficient analysis of risks in connection with the attack led to the resignation of CIA chief and his deputy. This shows that such reasoning is "elsewhere, he had said.
gloriacalzita is based in Quezon, Central Luzon, Philippines, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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