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Prosecutors on Tuesday appealed a March 28 Tokyo District Court ruling that cleared hemophilia expert Takeshi Abe of professional negligence charges stemming from the AIDS death of one of his patients.

The prosecutors filed the appeal with the Tokyo High Court, against the lower court decision that Abe, once Japan’s top hemophilia expert and former vice president of Teikyo University, was not criminally responsible for the death of a male hemophiliac who was contaminated with unheated blood-clotting agents tainted by HIV in 1985.

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