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Doctor jailed for 25 years for infecting patients with HIV in Cambodia

Doctor jailed for 25 years for infecting patients with HIV in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: 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 Chroeum, 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 said by telephone after the verdict was announced.




“I will represent him if he wants to appeal this conviction,” he added. The rural doctor was convicted of infecting locals in the remote village of Roka in western Battambang province by reusing dirty needles.

Published in Dawn, December 4th, 2015

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