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Anger in court over faulty breast implants

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 02:03

April 17 - Five French executives went on trial to jeers from victims for supplying women with hundreds of thousands of substandard breast implants and triggering a global health scare. Ciara Sutton

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Booed in court during the first day of his trial - the former boss of French breast implant company PIP came face to face with hundreds of angry women. PIP's founder and chief executive Jean-Claude Mas has admitted filling the implants with an unapproved recipe made of industrial-grade silicone gel. He's on trial with four PIP executives charged with aggravated fraud, after selling the implants around the world between 2001 to 2010. There were angry scenes in court as he revealed that he receives 1,700 euros a month in pension. Lawyer Philippe Courtois is representing some of the women. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH LAWYER REPRESENTING WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD IMPLANTS, PHILIPPE COURTOIS, SAYING: "They are wound up but it is understandable, from the very start they were not given the chance to talk and we only heard Mr Mas who said he was bankrupt and penny-less, but when you're penny-less you don't have anything which isn't the case here." Pip - once one of the world's largest suppliers of breast implants - has had more than 5000 lawsuits filed against it, from around the world. The hearing is the first time the victims of the faulty implants have gathered in one place - and they want justice. (SOUNDBITE) (French) WOMAN WHO RECEIVED FAULTY IMPLANT JOELLE MANIGHETTI SAYING: "I hope that I will have the pleasure and privilege of giving my testimony and of telling him about what he made us go through. I hope he will carry it on his conscience until the end of his days and that he won't be able to look himself in the mirror, just as we can't either." (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH IMPLANT RECIPIENT TOMASSINE CATALANO SAYING: "We had foreign bodies put inside us which were flawed, it was something that could have done a lot of damage, we could have died from it maybe, so that's where my anger stems from." The scandal was revealed after inspectors got a tip-off and discovered vats of industrial-grade silicone outside the PIP factory three years ago. It sparked a worldwide scare when the French government recommended removal of the implants due to an abnormally high rupture rate. Health experts say no link has been established between PIP implants and breast cancer. But in the months after the scandal broke, plastic surgeons around the world reported a flood of removal requests from worried patients.

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Anger in court over faulty breast implants

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 02:03