ThyssenKrupp boss sentenced for Italian plant deaths
An Italian court on Friday sentenced German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp's director-general in Italy to 16.5 years in jail for the deaths of seven workers after a fire at its Turin plant in December 2007.
Harald Espenhahn was convicted by a court in Turin in the north of the country of "voluntary homicide", a first in Italy for a workplace accident.
Seven workers died days and weeks after suffering severe burns when a fire broke out at the steel plant's thermal treatment department.
The fire was one of the worst in Italy and sparked a public debate over health and safety regulations.]
The defence had claimed the trial was "political".
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