French doctors face second trial

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:427
  1. A Dorozynski

    Jean-Pierre Allain, who was jailed in France for authorising the distribution of blood products contaminated by HIV, was released from prison this week after serving half of his two year sentence. He will, however, not be able to return to his post as professor of transfusion medicine at Cambridge University because he is not allowed to leave France. Along with Dr Michel Garetta, former director of the National Blood Transfusion Centre, he was charged last week with poisoning. The possibility of a second trial for the same act has unleashed a controversy that may involve other former health officials and politicians and reach the European Court of Human Rights.

    Last year Dr Garetta and his assistant, Dr Allain, were found guilty of “deception over …

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