Australia presses new charges against US surgeon

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian prosecutors will pursue two charges of manslaughter against an American surgeon who has been acquitted of the manslaughter of a third patient.

Lawyers for surgeon Jayant Patel had hoped that further charges would be dropped after a Queensland state Supreme Court jury on Wednesday found the Indian-born U.S. citizen not guilty of the manslaughter of a patient at a hospital in 2003.

But prosecutor Michael Byrne told the court on Friday charges including the manslaughter of two patients will be prosecuted.

Patel was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2010 after being convicted of the manslaughter of three patients and causing grievous bodily harm to another while he was chief surgeon at Bundaberg State Hospital from 2003 to 2005.

Australia's highest court threw out the convictions last year.

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