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Breast implant boss released from French jail

Breast implant boss released from French jail

A Frenchman whose company made potentially faulty silicone breast implants used in several countries has been released from jail.
Jean-Claude Mas, who has been given preliminary manslaughter and money laundering charges over the implants, was released Monday from detention in Pontet in southern France.
He remains under judicial supervision pending further investigation. The Sipa news agency reported that he had already served the maximum time allowed in pre-trial detention.
Mas headed the now-defunct Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, until authorities closed it down in 2010. He is under investigation in two cases linked to the implants, which were filled with industrial rather than medical-grade silicone.
Tens of thousands of women, primarily in Europe and Latin America, have the implants. Investigators say they are rupture-prone, prompting fears of health risks.


Updated : 2021-05-15 06:47 GMT+08:00