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Hospital files complaint regarding Rappaz

Geneva University Hospital has filed a complaint with the Federal Court regarding the order to force feed cannabis farmer Bernard Rappaz.

This content was published on November 23, 2010 - 21:40
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At a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday, the doctor responsible for Rappaz said that his patient was 60 per cent more likely to die if force fed.

The procedure would require him to be restrained and fed with a tube for a few days, which might injure him. Putting Rappaz into a coma could increase the risk of infection, added the doctor.

He declined to give information on Rappaz’s current health status.

Meanwhile, Rappaz’s lawyer has filed a new application asking that his client be granted a pardon from his prison term.

Last week, the parliament of canton Valais decided against giving Rappaz a reprieve.

Rappaz, who is on a hunger strike, was sentenced to five years and eight months behind bars for various offences, including trading in cannabis.

He had to be hospitalised in mid-October as a result of hypoglycemia.

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