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Doctor Who Caused Mass HIV Outbreak Sentenced to 25 Years


Yem Chroeum, left, an unlicensed medical practitioner, sits in a car as escorting by prison guards after a verdict announcing of the Battambang provincial court in Battambang province, northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The Cambodian court sentenced Yem Chroeum to 25 years in prison Thursday after finding him responsible for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, by reusing unsanitized syringes. At least 10 of the infected people have died. (AP Photo/Mai Vireak)

Yem Chroeum, left, an unlicensed medical practitioner, sits in a car as escorting by prison guards after a verdict announcing of the Battambang provincial court in Battambang province, northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The Cambodian court sentenced Yem Chroeum to 25 years in prison Thursday after finding him responsible for infecting more than 100 villagers with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, by reusing unsanitized syringes. At least 10 of the infected people have died. (AP Photo/Mai Vireak)

Yem Chroeum, 55, was accused of reusing needles and syringes on patients in his unlicensed clinic, spreading the virus.

An unlicensed doctor who caused a mass outbreak of HIV in Battambang province through the re-use of infected needles has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Yem Chroeum, 55, was accused of reusing needles and syringes on patients in his unlicensed clinic, spreading the virus.

The Battambang court found him guilty of “running a clinic without a license from the Ministry of Health, intentionally causing HIV transmission to other people, and torture due to the deaths of victims that occurred in Sanke district’s Roka commune, Battambang province, from 1996 to 2014.”

Yem Chroeum was fined more than $1,200 and is barred from practicing healthcare.

In all, 119 people contracted HIV following services at his clinic, an investigation last year found. Many claimed he was a popular health care provider in their village.

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