Former Ilva Steel Plant Owners Riva Brothers Sentenced for 20Years
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Former Ilva Steel Plant Owners Riva Brothers Sentenced for 20Years

ANSA reported that a court has sentenced brothers Mr Fabio Riva and Mr Nicola Riva to 22 and 20 years in jail respectively for the environmental

ANSA reported that a court has sentenced brothers Mr Fabio Riva and Mr Nicola Riva to 22 and 20 years in jail respectively for the environmental disaster caused by the ILVA steelworks in the southern city of Taranto. They were convicted of criminal association to cause an environmental disaster and poising of food substances and willful omissions of workplace safety measures. Riva brothers were the former owners and directors of the plant, whose emissions have been linked to high cancer rates in the area.

Former Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola was sentenced to a three-year term in relation to the case. He was convicted of aggravated bribery, accused by prosecutors of having put undue pressure on an environmental official to soften his position on the toxic emissions. That official, Giorgio Assennato, meanwhile, was found guilty of not reporting Vedola´s pressure, and was sentenced to two years in prison.

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