Dr. Frédéric Péchier remains at liberty under judicial supervision


The anesthetist is believed to have polluted, between 2008 and 2017, pockets of infusion of 24 patients aged 4 to 80 years to cause cardiac arrest and then try to save them.

The World with AFP Posted today at 15h06

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Frédéric Péchier, March 29, 2017 in Besançon.
Frédéric Péchier, March 29, 2017 in Besançon. SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP

The anesthetist Frédéric Péchier, suspected of 24 poisonings including nine mortals, remains free under judicial supervision. This is the decision taken by the Court of Appeal Besançon, Wednesday, June 12, and announced by defense lawyers and civil parties to the press.

After four hours of debate and one hour of deliberation, the magistrates of the investigating chamber of the Court of Appeal and again left the anesthetist free, as it has been since its first indictment in this case, pronounced in March 2017 for seven first cases of poisoning.

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According to Me Jean-Yves Le Borgne, one of the doctor's lawyers, "The investigating chamber has simply confirmed the decision that was taken in May by the judge of liberties and detention" (JLD), just after the second indictment of Frédéric Péchier, May 16. The JLD then left the doctor at liberty under judicial supervision, maintaining the prohibition to practice pronounced as of 2017 and adding an obligation to move away from the Besançon region. "It was what we asked, it was what we hoped for, it was in our minds what equity" but also "French law and criminal procedure commanded", welcomed Me One eyed.

" Common denominator "

For mee Stéphane Giuranna, one of the plaintiffs' lawyers, the court held that the doctor had certainly "Committed a few sprains in his judicial review"advising him "Not to come back". But "She decided not to go back" since that same court had already let him go free under judicial supervision in 2017, he added.

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The anesthesiologist is suspected of having polluted between 2008 and 2017, pockets of infusion of 24 patients aged 4 to 80 years to cause cardiac arrest, demonstrate his resuscitation skills and discredit colleagues at a clinic in Besancon with which he was in conflict with. For the public prosecutor of Besançon, he is "The common denominator" of all these "Serious adverse events"as the medical jargon denotes. Among his alleged victims, some who remained in coma for several days after having suffered cardiac arrest during operations that did not present any particular difficulties, still bear the consequences.

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