A few weeks after a previous court decision which authorized him to practice as a simple doctor, Doctor Frédéric Péchier, anesthetist indicted for 24 poisonings of patients, was notified of a ban on practicing any medical activity, according to his lawyer. . The defense received from the judge responsible for investigating the case “an order prohibiting Dr. Péchier from exercising any medical activity”, one of his advisers, Maître Randall Schwerdorffer, told AFP, confirming information of France Bleu Besancon. “We are going to appeal this decision before the investigating chamber” of the Besançon Court of Appeal, announced the lawyer, denouncing “judicial harassment to prevent Doctor Frédéric Péchier from finding a semblance of existence” .
This ban comes after the decision on January 11 of the investigating chamber which had considered on the contrary that he could exercise a medical activity, with the exception of that of anesthesiologist-resuscitator. Seized by the defense of Frédéric Péchier, the court had then brought its reading of a decision of the judge of freedoms and detention (JLD) initially prohibiting Doctor Péchier “from exercising the profession of anesthetist”.
A different interpretation
An initial decision long interpreted as a global ban on the practice of medicine – wrongly, according to the investigating chamber. The latter had also reduced the judicial control of Doctor Péchier, authorizing him in particular to return to the Doubs where his children reside, but obliging him to keep his main residence in Vienne, where he lives with his parents. These points were not modified by the order of the investigating judge served on Monday, according to Mr. Schwerdorffer.
The decision of the investigating chamber had aroused the ire of the public prosecutor of Besançon, Etienne Manteaux, who announced the next day during a press conference his intention to seize the investigating judge, considering “not a single conceivable moment” than Frédéric. Péchier, certainly “presumed innocent” but indicted, “is authorized to practice” medicine. Solicited by AFP, Counsel. Coats had not reacted at the start of the evening.
As a reminder, Frédéric Péchier, 51, is suspected of having polluted the infusion bags of patients to cause cardiac arrest and then demonstrate his talents as a resuscitator, but also discredit colleagues with whom he was in conflict. He is indicted for 24 cases of poisoning, including nine fatalities. Since September, he has also been suspected of eight new cases of potential poisoning of patients, including four fatalities. The practitioner has claimed his innocence since the start of the case.