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German doctor cleared of manslaughter after suspect died while having his stomach pumped

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2938
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    A court in Bremen, Germany, acquitted a doctor on 4 December who was on trial for negligent manslaughter after the death of a suspected drug dealer. The dealer was forcibly given an emetic and water through nasal tubes to try to retrieve evidence while in police custody.

    The man, whom police suspected of swallowing cocaine capsules before his arrest in late 2004 to conceal evidence, had oxygen deficiency after watery vomit entered his lungs while the doctor was present.

    Had the doctor been convicted, he could have been sentenced for up five years in prison, fined, or both.

    The case of the man, who the German press identified as a 35 year old asylum seeker from Sierra Leone, Laye-Alama Condé, was followed closely by human rights advocates. After his death …

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