- - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

INDIA

Bhopal 7 appeal convictions

NEW DELHI | Seven managers convicted over the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster have appealed, a newspaper reported Tuesday as India said again it would urge the U.S. to extradite the company’s former American boss.

The convictions of the Indian managers for criminal negligence earlier this month, the first verdicts more than 25 years after the catastrophe, sparked uproar among survivors because of the perceived leniency of the punishment.

The guilty were handed two-year prison terms and fines of $2,000 for their roles in the world’s worst industrial accident, which killed 15,000, according to the government’s official figures, and injured thousands of others.

The seven executives, all managers at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal that spewed toxic gas into neighboring slums in December 1984, have filed appeals in a local Bhopal court, the Express newspaper said.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also said that New Delhi would renew efforts to have Warren Anderson, former chief executive of Union Carbide, extradited to India, where he faces negligence charges.

AUSTRALIA

U.S. doctor convicted of surgery deaths

SYDNEY | An American doctor accused of botching a string of operations while he was the chief surgeon at an Australian hospital was found guilty Tuesday of killing three of his patients and grievously harming another.

Jayant Patel, 60, was ordered into police custody until Thursday’s sentencing after a jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges against him.

Patel had pleaded innocent to three counts of manslaughter and one count of causing grievous bodily harm to four patients he treated while working as director of surgery between 2003 and 2005 at a public hospital in Queensland state.

He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The trial came more than 25 years after questions were first raised about Patel’s competency, and marks a milestone for many former patients and their families who have waited years to face the man they accuse of irreparably damaging their lives.

MALDIVES

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