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Swiss helicopter firm denies involvement in Schumacher theft

Published on Jul 9, 2014 12:42 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - A Swiss helicopter company on Tuesday denied that any of its staff had been involved in leaking a medical file on injured Formula One champion Michael Schumacher and filed a lawsuit over the theft.

The denial by Rega, which organised the sportsman's transport from a French hospital to Switzerland last month, came a day after French prosecutors tracked down the IP address of the computer used in the theft to a helicopter firm in Zurich, where Rega is based.

Rega has said it received a medical dossier on Mr Schumacher, who was injured in a devastating ski accident in December, but denied that its staff had been involved in attempts to sell the stolen information.

"Rega has no evidence that any of its employees failed in this regard. At this stage, we assume that the rights of the patient to medical confidentiality have been preserved," it said.

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