Defense lawyers for hemophilia expert Takeshi Abe, 84, on Wednesday said their client was innocent of professional negligence resulting in death, claiming he prescribed HIV-tainted blood coagulants to a patient in 1985 due to limited knowledge of the product’s danger at the time.

In Abe’s final trial hearing at the Tokyo District Court, his counsel claimed that prosecutors, who are demanding a three-year prison term, ignored the limitations of medical science and focused only on their tragic consequences.

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