Frenchman said to have deliberately spread AIDS

26th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

MOMBASA, Kenya, May 26, 2006 (AFP) - Kenyan police have arrested an elderly French tourist accused of deliberately infecting women with HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, officials said Friday.

MOMBASA, Kenya, May 26, 2006 (AFP) - Kenyan police have arrested an elderly French tourist accused of deliberately infecting women with HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, officials said Friday.

The 77-year-old retired engineer was detained late Thursday north of the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa after two women recorded police statements  alleging the man had infected them and forced them into pornography, they said.

"The suspect was picked up yesterday evening," said Mombasa police chief Wilfred Mbithi, refusing to give additional information about the arrest or whether the pensioner would face any criminal charges.

Police sources said the suspect has denied the allegations and accused the women, who he maintains are prostitutes, of trying to take revenge on him after he asked one of them to repay money he had loaned her.

The sources added that the Frenchman, a frequent visitor to Kenya, had volunteered to take an AIDS test to prove his innocence and forestall possible deportation.

Kenya currently lacks an explicit law criminalising intentional infection with a life-threatening sexually transmitted disease, but proposed legislation now under debate calls for a jail term of at least 15 years on conviction.

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