Paris : A criminal investigation has been launched against a French Doctor over the poisoning of 17 people in France.
Fredric peachier, an anesthesiologist, has already been investigated for seven other cases of poisoning, in total leading to nine deaths, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Prosecutors allege, he deliberately with his colleagues’ anesthesia pouches to create an emergency and show off his talents. Pechier denies all allegations, and face a life sentence if found guilty.
His lawyer, Jean-Yves le Borgne, told a media outlet that the investigation proved nothing.
“There is a possibility that Pechier committed those poisonings but this hypothesis is nothing but a hypothesis,” said Borgne. “The presumption of innocence must be stressed.”
An examining judge in the eastern city of Besancon placed Mr Pechier, 47, under investigation in May 2017 for the first seven poisonings. The doctor was later released but disbarred from practicing medicine.
This week he was questioned by police about 66 cases of cardiac arrest during operations on patients who were considered low risk. The latest accusations are from these cases, involving patients aged four to 80.