A Milan judge levied the charges against Francesco Corbellini, the chairman of the ENEL corporation from 1979 to 1987 along with five others, all of whom were managers at the corporation's Turbigo power plant in Milan, ANSA reported Wednesday.
Prosecutors said the eight employees breathed asbestos dust while working in the Turbigo plant in the 1970s and 1980s and died of pleural mesothelioma, the most common type asbestos-caused cancer.
The trial's first hearing is scheduled for May 15, and is one of a series of recent investigations of former company managers who allegedly permitted workers to be exposed to life-threatening asbestos, ANSA said.
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