Four top Italian disaster specialists quit their posts Tuesday, saying the manslaughter convictions of former colleagues for failing to adequately warn of a deadly 2009 earthquake mean they can’t effectively perform their duties. A court in the quake-devastated town of L’Aquila convicted seven former members of Italy’s so-called Great Risks Commission and sentenced each of them to six years in prison, prompting predictions that experts would be discouraged from working in Italy for fear of similar risks of prosecution.
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