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Cambodian man goes on trial for infecting hundreds with HIV

Yem Chhrin faces up to life in prison if found guilty of murder & practicing medicine without a license.

FILE: At least 100 people in the Roka Village were found to be infected with HIV. Picture: Saps

JOHANNESBURG - An unlicensed medical practitioner, who infected more than 100 villagers in north-western Cambodia with HIV, by reusing unclean needles, has gone on trial today.

He is facing three charges, including murder.

The Associated Press is reporting that Yem Chhrin faces up to life in prison if found guilty of murder, intentionally spreading HIV, and practicing medicine without a license.

He was arrested in December and taken into protective custody amidst fears of revenge lynching by residents of the Roka Village, where at least 106 of the 800 people tested were found to be infected.

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