Guilty verdicts for main defendants in Mont Blanc tunnel fire trial

[JURIST] A French court Wednesday found 13 individuals and companies in the Mont Blanc tunnel disaster [Wikipedia backgrounder] trial [JURIST report] guilty of manslaughter, with former French head of tunnel security Gerard Roncoli receiving a six month prison sentence. Gilbert Degrave, the driver whose truck ignited the deadly March 1999 fire that killed 39 people, received a four month suspended jail term. The court dismissed the charges against Sweden's Volvo Group [corporate website], which made the vehicle involved, finding no evidence of a design flaws in the lorry. Two individuals were also acquitted. AFP has more.



 

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