Published in Blood Weekly, March 24th, 1997
In the first session of his court hearings, Takeshi Abe pleaded not guilty to charges of professional negligence in the death of a young hemophiliac who had contracted HIV through unheated blood products. Abe, 80, was arrested in August 1996 when the mother of the hemophiliac filed murder charges against him.
The scandal involved allegations of a government cover-up and unethical links between big business and bureaucrats. Abe's case is the first of a...
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