Wednesday, 29 March 2017

France anaesthetist investigated for poisoning patients

An anaesthetist suspected of poisoning seven patients - two of whom died - appeared in court in France on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old was placed under formal investigation on 6 March, but magistrates are deciding whether to remand him in custody.

Several alleged victims attended the morning hearing.

The suspect denies the charges, with his lawyer saying there are "real weaknesses" in the case against him.

He is accused of carrying out the premeditated poisonings over a nine-year period from 2008 at two clinics - the Franche-Comté and Saint-Vicente - in Besançon, a city in eastern France.
The suspect is said to have been well-regarded in his field.

BBC      News.