Doctors face probe over drug suspect's death

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10 January 2005, BREMEN - Prosecutors in the northern German city of Bremen said investigations have been launched against two medical doctors in connection with the death of a suspected drug courier after he was given an emetic. Prosecutors said the doctors were being questioned on grounds of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of the death on 7 January of a drug suspect. The suspect had been in a coma since 27 December after being given an emetic to make him regurgitate packets of drugs he had swallowed

10 January 2005

BREMEN - Prosecutors in the northern German city of Bremen said investigations have been launched against two medical doctors in connection with the death of a suspected drug courier after he was given an emetic.

Prosecutors said the doctors were being questioned on grounds of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of the death on 7 January of a drug suspect.

The suspect had been in a coma since 27 December after being given an emetic to make him regurgitate packets of drugs he had swallowed.

The two doctors include the one who had forcefully administered the emetic and then the emergency doctor who was called in after the drug suspect lost consciousness.

Under initial questioning by police, the latter doctor said that so much water had been infused into the drug courier suspect, a man from Sierra Leone, that some of the water entered his lungs, causing him to stop breathing. In turn, he suffered serious brain damage.

Investigators determined that the drug courier had swallowed seven packets of drugs.

It is the second such case in Germany after a drug courier suspect died in Hamburg in December 2001 after being given an emetic, a method which is permitted under German law.

DPA

Subject: German news

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