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France zones in on Swiss firm in Schumacher theft probe

Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:27 PM
 
A photo taken on September 11, 2005 shows Ferrari German driver Michael Schumacher on the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Belgium. France has tracked down the IP address of the computer used by the alleged thief of Michael Schumacher's medical records, prosecutors said on Monday, July 7, 2014, locating it in a Swiss helicopter firm that had reportedly been due to transport the Formula One champion. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LYON (AFP) - France has tracked down the IP address of the computer used by the alleged thief of Michael Schumacher's medical records, prosecutors said on Monday, locating it in a Swiss helicopter firm that had reportedly been due to transport the Formula One champion.

A report summarising the motor-racing star's treatment after he suffered a devastating ski accident in December was stolen and offered for sale last month after the 45-year-old was transferred from hospital in the French city of Grenoble to a facility in Switzerland after emerging from a coma.

French police opened a criminal probe into the theft of the document, which prosecutors said consists of several dozen pages that summarise the seven-time world champion's treatment in Grenoble.

"The IP address was located in a helicopter firm in the Zurich area," the prosecutor's office in Grenoble said, refusing to reveal the name of the company or the alleged thief, but saying it had now passed the investigation on to Swiss authorities.

 
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