Deliberate HIV infection case should be retried: supreme court

Two men jailed for deliberately infecting other men with HIV at Groningen sex parties in 2008 should be retried, the supreme court (hoge raad) said on Tuesday.

According to the court, there is reasonable doubt that the victims in the case may have developed HIV through unprotected sex rather than by being injected with HIV-infected blood.
Two men were jailed in 2008 for deliberately infecting a number of other men with the virus at sex parties. The 52-year-old Peter M was sentenced to nine years in prison and Hans J (42) to five years.
A later appeal in 2010 increased the sentences to 12 and nine years respectively.
The case came to light when a number of their victims pressed assault charges. Twelve of the victims were diagnosed as HIV positive and Peter M and Hans J were found guilty of grievous bodily harm.

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