SEOUL Jan 6 A South Korean court convicted on
Friday a former head of the local unit of the British consumer
goods maker Reckitt Benckiser over the sale of humidifier
sterilizers linked to deadly lung injuries, sentencing him to
seven years in prison, Yonhap news agency said.
The Seoul Central District Court found the former executive,
Shin Hyun-woo, guilty of criminal negligence for failing to
inspect the safety of the product and allowing its sale, Yonhap
In May last year, the current head of the company's South
Korean unit apologised and accepted responsibility. The South
Korean government said in 2015 that 92 people were believed to
have died from causes related to humidifier sterilizer products,
not all of them made by the Reckitt Benckiser unit.
(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Stephen Coates)