[QODLink]
Inside Story
Scientists on trial
Seven scientists stand accused of manslaughter for failing to predict the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy.
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2011 12:14

On Tuesday, an unprecedented legal case began in Italy. Seven scientists stand accused for failing to predict the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila which devastated the central Italian region.  

The men are accused of manslaughter. But the reason why is not straightforward.  

Prosecutors accuse the scientists of providing "inexact, incomplete and contradictory information", so lulling the public into a false sense of security.

It was at 3.32 am on April 6, 2009, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy. More than 300 people were killed and 50,000 lost their homes. 

So, is this a trial against science? Or is it a distraction from the real reason why so many people lost their lives? 

Inside Story, with presenter Laura Kyle, discusses with guests: Giampaolo Giuliani, an independent researcher in seismology; Rafaela Calandra, a journalist with Italy's Radio 24; and Kristian Lauta, a researcher in disaster law at the University of Copenhagen.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
EU's poorest member state is struggling to cope with an influx of mostly war-weary Syrian refugees.
Study says tipping point reached as poachers kill 7 percent of African elephants annually; birth rate is 5 percent.
Zimbabwe's leader given rotating chairmanship of 15-member nation bloc a year after he won disputed presidential polls.
join our mailing list