Korea court convicts ex-Reckitt Benckiser unit chief in
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[January 06, 2017]
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean
court convicted on Friday a former head of the local unit of the British
consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser <RB.L> over the sale of
humidifier sterilizers linked to deadly lung injuries, sentencing him to
seven years in prison, Yonhap news agency said.
The Seoul Central District Court found the former executive, Shin
Hyun-woo, guilty of criminal negligence for failing to inspect the
safety of the product and allowing its sale, Yonhap reported.
In May last year, the current head of the company's South Korean
unit apologized and accepted responsibility. The South Korean
government said in 2015 that 92 people were believed to have died
from causes related to humidifier sterilizer products, not all of
them made by the Reckitt Benckiser unit.
(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Stephen Coates)
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