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Ex-ministers to face trial in French “blood scandal”

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:302
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    The 225 page report released last week by three French magistrates who investigated the infection of hundreds of patients with blood or blood products contaminated with HIV reads like an indictment. For the first time in recent history, three former ministers will have to answer penal charges for alleged acts during their tenure.

    According to the investigating judges, the three former ministers bear a grievous share of responsibility in the “contaminated blood affair,” which first surfaced in 1992. They will answer to charges of involuntary homicide and involuntarily compromising the well being …

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