Jean-Claude Mas, the Frenchman who was arrested for selling substandard breast implants that led to a health scare worldwide, has been jailed after not paying his bail, Reuters reports.Mas, 72, who was charged with causing “bodily harm” and “involuntary injury”, was released from police custody on January 27 on a bail of €100,000 ($131,000), and was banned from leaving the country or meeting former executives of his now-defunct implant manufacturing company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP).
He was taken on Tuesday to Baumettes prison in Marseille, according to the BBC.
Lawyers for the French women who have sued over PIP implants welcomed the arrests, although Mas claims they are motivated simply by money and that he had “nothing to say” to them. He has admitted the silicone gel had not been medically approved, but insisted the implants were not dangerous.
PIP was shut down in 2010, after it was found to have used industrial-grade silicone in its implants. Almost 30,000 women in France, close to 400,000 women worldwide, and even a small per cent of men are believed to have been affected by them (possible links between the implants and cancer have surfaced).
At the height of its popularity, the company was the world’s third-largest silicone implant producer, making Mas, a former medical supplies salesman, a multi-millionaire.
But he now claims all the money has gone, although investigators believe much of it has simply been passed on to Dominique Lucciardi, his former girlfriend, and their two grown-up children, The Daily Mail reports.
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