PIP founder Mas jailed over implants

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Files for the PIP implant trial are pictured inside the courtroom in Marseille, France. Picture: Jean-Paul Pelissier

Marseille - The founder of a French breast implant company was sentenced to four years in prison by a Marseille court on Tuesday for hiding the true nature of the sub-standard silicone used in implants sold to 300 000 women around the world.

The sentencing against Jean-Claude Mas, 74, founder and long-time chief executive of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), capped a scandal that fuelled worldwide panic in 2011 after France recommended that women with such implants have them removed due to an abnormally high rupture rate. - Reuters

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