Skeptic News: Acupuncturist charged over 16 HIV infections

From: The Independent

Swiss authorities say a self-styled healer has been indicted on charges that he intentionally infected 16 people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, between 2001 and 2005.

A regional prosecutor’s office in Bern, the Swiss capital, says the unidentified man was indicted in Bern-Mitelland regional court on charges of intentionally spreading human disease and causing serious bodily harm, offences that carry maximum penalties of five to 10 years respectively.

Prosecutors said in a statement Thursday that most of the victims attended his music school and that the defendant injected them with infected blood under various pretexts by pricking them with unknown objects or using a drink that made them pass out. They say the defendant “denies everything.”

Prosecutors say proceedings against a second suspect have been closed for lack of evidence.

Suspicions arose when Bern hospital Inselspital began to investigate complaints of infections in connection with an unlicensed acupuncturist. The unidentified accused denies all wrongdoing.

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