The first verdict for executives of toxic disinfectant manufacturers, which led to hundreds of victims, will be announced this morning.
Prior to this, prosecutors requested harsh punishments, such as 20 years in prison for the former CEO of Oxy, Shin Hyun-woo.
Park Hyun-woo has more.
The Oxy humidifier disinfectant incident led to a total of 181 victims, including 73 deaths.
The first verdict for the main culprits of the incident, including Shin Hyun-woo, the former CEO of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser, will be announced today.
In the final trial, prosecutors sentenced former CEO Shin to 20 years in prison, and 10 years to John Lee, the current CEO of Google Korea who ran Oxy for five years before Shin.
Prosecutors revealed that “the culprits’ responsibilities are grave, for they only pursued corporate profit despite various warnings from multiple sources.”
Sentences for officials of Lotte Mart and Homeplus, other companies listed as perpetrators in the incident, will also be issued today.
Prosecutors sentenced the former CEO of Lotte Mart, Roh Byung-yong, to five years in prison, and seven years to Kim Won-hoe, the former director at Homeplus, holding them legally responsible for 41 and 28 victims, respectively, including deaths.
In the final trial, prosecutors emphasized that, “Punishing the accused and sounding the alarm on the indiscriminate development and sales of PB products are the minimal social costs for our society to pay in order to create a safe society.”
The sentences for 19 others, including an official from the manufacturer of yet another toxic disinfectant Cefu, and the intermediary wholesaler of toxic chemicals, will also be issued this morning at the Seoul Central District Court.
Park Hyun-woo reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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