FRENCH doctor loses European appeal over Euthanasia. The European Court of Human Rights said last Thursday that it had rejected an appeal by a-

A French doctor to be reinstated after he was barred from practising for killing terminally-ill patients, a crime for which he was convicted in 2015.

An appeals court handed Nicolas Bonnemaison, a suspended two-year sentence for deliberately poisoning an 86-year old woman shortly after she was admitted to a hospital in the southwestern city Bayonne, where he worked.

He was also suspected of poisoning six other patients at the hospital in 2010 and 2011, but was acquitted in those cases.

Yet Bonnemaison argued that France's Medical Council had disbarred him in 2012 over the alleged ethical breaches, even before his first trial in 2014, which saw him acquitted on all counts.

In his filing at the European court he argued that the council's disciplinary proceedings were not impartial and violated the presumption of innocence.

In its ruling, the court rejected all of Bonnemaison's claims, saying it had found no evidence to suggest bias by the disciplinary council.

Euthanasia is illegal in France despite several efforts in recent years to allow doctors to consider it for the terminally ill.

Bonnemaison's emotionally-charged trials gripped the country at the time, with dozens of right-to-die advocates supporting him at the hearings. [Agencies]


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