Garetta case causes clash with French public opinion

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:552

Public opinion and the law have clashed in France over the case of Dr Michel Garetta, a former head of the French National Blood Transfusion Centre, who was sentenced in 1992 to four years' imprisonment for having knowingly supplied haemophilic patients with blood extracts contaminated with HIV.

Dr Garetta was tried in 1992 by a “correctional tribunal,” a form of court that does not usually deal with serious crime, and was given the maximum sentence for “deception over the quality of a product.” This crime is dealt with as a breach of commercial law. …

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