French Doctor On Trial Over Poisoning Of 17 Patients

A criminal investigation has been launched against a French doctor over the poisoning of 17 people in France.

An Anaesthesiologist, Frédéric Péchier, has already been investigated for seven other cases of poisoning, in total leading to nine deaths.

Prosecutors allege he deliberately tampered with his colleagues’ anaesthesia pouches to create an emergency and show off his talents.

Mr Péchier denies all allegations, and faces a life sentence if found guilty.

An examining Judge in the Eastern City of Besançon placed Mr Péchier, 47, under investigation in May 2017 for the first seven poisonings.

The doctor was later released but barred from practising medicine.

This week he was questioned by Police about 66 cases of cardiac arrest during operations on patients who were considered low risk.

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