Physicist slams convictions in L'Aquila earthquake case

Maiani calls it 'the death of expert service' to the govt

Physicist slams convictions in L'Aquila earthquake case

Rome, October 22 - The president of Italy's scientific committee for assessing major disaster risks on Monday slammed convictions in a controversial trial concerning the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila. "This is the death of service provided by professors and by professionals to the State," declared physicist Luciano Maiani, the current president of Italy's Committee on Major Risks. A court found the former second-in-command of Italy's civil protection agency and six others guilty of multiple manslaughter over a 2009 earthquake in the central city of L'Aquila that killed over 300 people and left tens of thousands homeless. The court sentenced the accused to six years in prison for falsely reassuring residents before the 6.3-magnitude tremor. The defense had argued that it was impossible to predict major quakes.

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