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article imageJean-Claude Mas of PPI faulty breast implants, jailed

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 8, 2012 in Health
Marseille - The Frenchman who founded the now defunct company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), responsible for the sale of faulty breast implants that prompted a major health scare this year, has been jailed for failing to pay his bail.
France 24 reported Jean-Claude Mas, 72, was jailed on March 6 at Marseille's Baumette prison, after failing to pay the bail of 100,000 euros that was a term of his release.
Mas was arrested in January and charged with involuntary injuries. According to Arab News other conditions of his bail release were a ban on his leaving France, and a ban on his meeting former executives of PPI. Unable to meet the first installment of his bail Mas instead offered his apartment as a guarantee, but the offer was refused.
According to Laurent Gaudon, lawyer for some of the plaintiffs', Mas does not lack the funds to pay his bail but “He does not want his wealth to go toward damages for victims and he deliberately chose not to pay the bail."
Mas has admitted to concealing the fact that cheap, industrial silicone, not approved for medical use, was used in the implants. In January Digital Journal reported that in addition to using substandard silicone that was liable to rupture, PPI also used an unsuitable gel that contained untested fuel additive.
Approximately 300,000 sub standard breast implants have been sold worldwide. Thus far 2,700 women have filed complaints against PPI.
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