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Turin judge convicts 6 ex-Teksid managers in asbestos case

15 ex-workers dead and 2 ill, plant suction systems inadequate

Turin judge convicts 6 ex-Teksid managers in asbestos case

Turin, March 15 - A judge in the northern Italian city of Turin convicted six ex-managers of Teksid, a leading iron-castings maker for the automotive industry, on charges related to the deaths and illnesses of workers presumed to be due to asbestos exposure at Teksid's Turin facilities. Fifteen ex-employees have died and another two have become ill due to mesothelioma, a rare cancer found to be linked to asbestos-exposure, or other tumors. The judge blamed the ex-managers for suction systems in the Turin facilities that were not up to norm, which may have caused asbestos exposure during the 1978-1989 period. The six ex-managers received prison sentences ranging from one to five years.

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