France: Prosecutor Recommends Dropping Charges Against Former Health Minister in Tainted Blood Scandal
January 17, 2003
French judicial officials said Thursday that prosecutors have recommended dropping charges against former Health Minister Claude Evin, who is suspected of a role in the tainted blood scandal that shook the nation a decade ago. Evin was placed under investigation in 1999 for "involuntary homicide" after a complaint was filed by the family of a woman who died of AIDS in 1991. She was one of hundreds to die after being transfused with HIV-tainted blood products. An investigating commission of the Court of Justice -- a special body that alone can try ministers charged with crimes committed while in office -- will decide in coming months whether Evin will face trial. The scandal has resulted in trials for former Socialist Prime Minister Laurent Fabius and Social Affairs Minister Georgina Dufoix (who were acquitted) and former Health Minister Edmond Herve (whose sentence was suspended).Adapted from:
01.16.03; Pierre-Antoine Souchard
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