October 15, 2018

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Cambodian doctor jailed for 25 years for infecting 200 people with HIV

Cambodian doctor jailed for 25 years for infecting 200 people with HIV

An unlicensed Cambodian doctor was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday after he was found guilty of infecting more than 200 people with HIV, including some who later died.

The case has shone a spotlight on the chronically underfunded healthcare system in the impoverished nation where many have to rely on self-taught or unlicensed medics to receive treatment.

Yem Chhrin, 55, was facing the prospect of life in prison but his murder charge was reduced by the court to a lesser manslaughter offence, his defence lawyer said. “My client still insists he is innocent,” lawyer Em Sovann told Agence France-Presse by telephone after the verdict was announced. “I will represent him if he wants to appeal this conviction.” Read more

 

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