Thursday, 26 January 2012

Police arrest breast implant boss


The owner of what was once the world's third largest breast implant firm is awaiting questioning on possible charges of involuntary manslaughter. Sarah Wali reports.


FRANCE FILE-IMPLANTS - The owner of what was once the third largest breast implant firm in the world, Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, was arrested in his home Thursday.


Jean-Claude Mas awaits questioning while French authorities determine whether to charge him with involuntary manslaughter and causing injury.


Mas was arrested at about 7 AM. Police searched his Marseille home and the premise of a former partner.

The investigation began in March of 2010 after a former patient died of cancer and the autopsy revealed her PIP-produced breast implants contained non-medical grade silicone.


The French government sparked international concern in December of 2011 when they advised women with PIP implants to have them removed.


About 2700 women in France have filed complaints against Mas, and governments around the world have asked women to visit their doctors for checks.
Sarah Wali, Reuters