Summary Box: Arrests in breast-implant case

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Posted: Jan 26, 2012 4:06 PM
Summary Box: Arrests in breast-implant case

THE ARRESTS: Police in pre-dawn sweeps Thursday arrested two top former executives of the now-defunct French company at the center of a breast implant scandal affecting tens of thousands of women worldwide.

THE ARRESTEES: Jean-Claude Mas, founder of implant-maker Poly Implant Prothese, was detained as part of a judicial probe in Marseille into manslaughter and involuntary injuries, an official said. A regional official said former No. 2 executive Claude Couty also was detained.

THE IMPLANTS: The suspect implants have been pulled from the market in several countries amid fears that they could rupture and leak silicone into the body.