Cho Soon-mi, one of the victims in the toxic humidifier sterilizer case, sheds tears in front of the Seoul Central District Court, Tuesday, after the court found both Hong Ji-ho, the former CEO of SK Chemical, and Ahn Yong-chan, the former CEO of Aekyung Industrial, not guilty of professional negligence resulting in deaths. The two were accused of manufacturing and selling a humidifier sterilizer that included harmful chemicals in the early 2000s, allegedly resulting in deaths and chronic illnesses. The court said the causal relations between the victims’ lung-related illnesses and the chemicals have not been firmly established. / Yonhap

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