More than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia have appeared in court to face three charges, including the murder of an unlicensed medical practitioner for reusing HIV-infected needles, a lawyer says.
Defense lawyer N. Sowan says Yem Grin could face life sentences if convicted of the crimes of murder, the HIV – deliberately transmitting HIV and practicing medicine without a license.
Yem Kirin, who appeared Tuesday in a provincial court in Pattambang for a five-day trial, was arrested last December. Fearing retaliation from residents of the village of Rocca, he was placed in security custody, where at least 106 of the 800 people tested were found to be infected with HIV.
Of them, at least 10 are said to have died.