It takes one to know one — a most unrepentant bad guy.
The Telegraph reports,
Jean-Claude Mas, 72, told gendarmes he had given orders as early as 1993 to “hide the truth” about the true contents of the implants, made by his firm Poly Implant Protheses (PIP).
He started using industrial-grade silicon, not tested on humans, rather than medical-grade material to boost profits.
Despite admitting the deception, he told French police during interviews that he had “nothing to say” to the 300,000 women around the globe who had received the sub-standard implants.
Some 40,000 British women given the implants are waiting to hear whether the Government will help fund removal, even if they have not ruptured. An announcement from the Department of Health is expected later today (Friday).
In a statement to gendarmes made in October 2011, Mr Mas said he “always new” the silicone used in PIP implants was “not approved”. He said he “knowingly” changed the composition “because PIP gel was cheaper and as far as the price-performance ratio is concerned it was cheaper and of better quality”.
He branded those who had filed legal complaints for ruptured implants as “fragile people or people who do that for money”, and claimed the gel posed “no health risk”.
When asked what he had to say to women traumatised by ruptured implants and obliged to have them removed, he replied: “I have nothing to say to them. Nothing”…