A group of six Italian scientists and a former senior government official have been sentenced to six years over their handling of the L’Acquila earthquale. A court found them guilty of multiple manslaughter over the 2009 quake, which left 309 people dead.
The court also ruled that the seven defendants be barred for life from holding public office.
Prosecutors said they had given a misleadingly reassuring statement to local residents after studying the tremors that occurred before the 6.3 magnitude quake struck.
Lawyers for the defendants countered it is impossible to predict major earthquakes and argued Italy’s scientific community were being put on trial.