• Italy quake experts win appeal in ‘science on trial’ case


    ROME: Seven Italian scientists who faced jail for failing to predict a deadly 2009 earthquake were cleared on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) of manslaughter convictions that had sparked international outrage. The seven men were sentenced to six years in jail in October 2012 after a court in the medieval town of L’Aquila found them guilty of causing multiple deaths by having negligently downplayed the risk of the town being hit by a major earthquake just days before the killer tremor struck in April 2009. But after a month-long appeal trial in the mountain town east of Rome, that verdict was overturned by a panel of three judges which concluded that six of the seven had committed no crime.



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