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Police charge two former doctors with 31 attempted murders in Leipzig University organ donation scandal

DPA

GERMAN prosecutors have charged two former senior physicians with 31 cases of attempted murder as part of a long-running transplant scandal at a hospital in the eastern part of the country.

The charges against the two senior physicians, who have not been named, followed an 18-month long investigation by prosecutors into allegations of fraud in connection with the liver transplants at the clinic, which first emerged in early 2013.

Prosecutors claim that the physicians, who were employed at the Leipzig University’s transplant clinic, systematically arranged for false information so as to allow patients to move up the waiting list for liver transplants, as a result ignoring other terminally ill patients.

A total of 23 patients received fast-track liver operations, the prosecutors say.

“Such a conscious and active thwarting of the emergency help for another person is … attempted or simply homicide,” prosecutors’ said.

The two senior physicians have not commented on the allegations, prosecutors said.

At the same time, they said charges against the university’s transplant clinic’s former chief physician had been dropped.

The former chief doctor, who has also not been named, had denied any knowledge of the manipulation of information for transplants, while prosecutors said there was also no evidence that he had been involved in falsifying documents.