Former CEO of Oxy Reckitt Benckiser Korea sentenced to 6 years


The Seoul High Court handed down a six year sentence to a former Oxy executive. Reckitt Benckiser Korea CEO Shin Hyun-woo will spend 6 years behind bars for accidental homicide by negligence. From 2005 to 2010, the company manufactured and sold toxic humidifier disinfectant which took 73 lives and left a-hundred-81 people with permanent lung damage. Restricted chemical PHMG was used in the product without conducting proper safety tests. The court upheld the original verdict, but reduced his sentence to six years after taking into account the company’s measures to try and compensate the victims.



서울고등법원은 옥시 전 대표에게 징역 6년을 선고했습니다. 신현우 전 옥시레킷벤키져 대표는 업무상과실치사 혐의로 6년형을 언도 받았습니다. 2005년에서 2010년까지 옥시는 독성이 있는 가습기 살균제를 제조.판매했으며 이로 인해 73명이 목숨을 잃고 181명이 평생 폐질환을 앓게 되었습니다. 안전성 검증도 거치지 않고 금지된 PHMG 화학성분을 가습기 살균제에 사용되었습니다. 서울고법은 1심은 유지했지만 옥시 측이 피해 보상에 적극 노력한 점을 참작해 6년으로 감형했습니다.


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