Surgeon tried in Germany over organ transplant fraud
GOTTINGEN (AFP) - A surgeon went on trial in Germany on Monday for attempted manslaughter, accused of faking medical data to give his patients preferential access to donated livers at the expense of others.
The 46-year-old former chief transplant surgeon at Goettingen University Hospital, identified only as Aiman O., denied the 11 counts of attempted manslaughter before the court in the central German city.
The defendant also faces three charges of causing bodily injury resulting in death for having transplanted livers to unsuitable patients. In all three cases, the patient died.
His defence team rejected prosecution charges that he manipulated patients' medical records which he sent to the central procurement agency Eurotransplant in an attempt to move them up the waiting list for recipients.