UK’s richest household convicted of exploiting servants | EUROtoday

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A Swiss court docket has sentenced 4 members of the UK’s richest household to jail sentences starting from 4 to four-and-a-half years.

Prakash and Kamal Hinduja in addition to son Ajay and his spouse Namrata had been discovered responsible of exploitation – usury within the Swiss penal code – and unlawful employment.

But they had been acquitted on the extra severe cost of human trafficking.

Workers who had been introduced over from India alleged the household paid them as little as £7 ($8) to work 18-hour days, lower than a tenth of the quantity required beneath Swiss regulation.

They additionally claimed the household – whose fortune is estimated at round £37bn – hardly ever allowed them to depart the home, in Geneva’s rich neighbourhood of Cologny.

During the trial, prosecutors alleged the household spent extra on their canine than on their servants.

The elder Hindujas, each over 70, haven’t been attending court docket proceedings, pleading ailing well being. Ajay and Namrata had been current, however they weren’t in court docket to listen to the decision. Their defence lawyer says they intend to attraction the ruling.

The Geneva prosecutor has referred to as for his or her fast detention.

It shouldn’t be the primary time that Geneva, a hub for worldwide organisations in addition to the world’s rich, has been within the highlight over the alleged mistreatment of servants.

Last yr, 4 home employees from the Philippines launched a case towards one among Geneva’s diplomatic missions to the United Nations, claiming they’d not been paid for years.

The Hinduja household personal Hinduja Group, a multinational group with pursuits in oil, fuel, and banking. The household additionally personal Raffles lodge in London.

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