French implant boss jailed after missing bail payments

By REUTERS
March 7, 2012 09:22

PARIS - Jean-Claude Mas, the Frenchman who sparked a global health scare by selling substandard breast implants, has been jailed for not paying his bail, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

Mas had been released from police custody on Jan. 27 on bail of 100,000 euros ($131,600) and banned from leaving the country and from meeting former executives of his now defunct company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).

He faces a charge of causing bodily harm, although he is not under investigation for the graver charge of manslaughter.

The judicial source said he was jailed on Monday night.

French authorities have been criticized for being slow to react to a case that has sown fear among tens of thousands of women who have had the implants.

French inspectors ordered them off the market in March 2010, due to concerns over their quality.


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