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Wiretap revelation could aid Italian seismologists’ defence

Posted on behalf of Nicola Nosengo. A wire tap has brought a new twist to the trial in L’Aquila, Italy, of six Italian scientists and one government official accused of manslaughter for having reassured the population before the deadly earthquake of 6 April, 2009 (see Scientists face trial over earthquake deaths and Scientists on trial: At fault?). All those indicted took part in a meeting held in L’Aquila on 30 March, 2009, during which they were asked to assess the risk of a major earthquake in view of many shocks that had hit the city in the previous months. Most 


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