Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Prosecutors call for prison terms for medical workers

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Rome, April 8 - Stefano Cucchi, who died of hunger
and thirst while in police custody, was as thin as a
concentration-camp victim, prosecutors told a court Monday.
They called for sentences ranging up to six years in prison
for medical staff accused of failing to properly treat Cucchi, a
31-year-old surveyor's clerk who died on October 22, 2009 while
in police custody in Rome.
Prosecutor Francesca Loy said injuries caused by police
while Cucchi was in jail were not that key to his death.
But medical staff were indifferent to the young man, a drug
addict with medical problems who had been described as grumpy
and rude, she said.
"Their shortcomings are not only negligence, but denote
their absolute indifference towards Stefano," said Loy.
Hearings will continue this week with sentencing scheduled
for no later than May 22.
Earlier forensic evidence concluded the Cucchi was not
properly treated by hospital staff, and that his death was
caused by a "severe shortage of food and liquids".
The findings of the experts is important for the criminal
trial of 12 people, including six doctors and three nurses from
Rome's Pertini prison hospital along with three jail staff.
They stand accused of contributing to his death by
abandonment, abuse of office, causing injury, and abuse of
authority.
The experts' report also noted that shoddy records were
kept at the Pertini prison clinic where Cucchi died, with few
notes on the victim's weight, body temperature, or heart rate
while he was a patient.
An autopsy shortly after Cucchi's death found he was
severely dehydrated, had two broken vertebrae and internal organ
damage.

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