French investigating magistrates will probe claims that human corpses donated for science were left to rot and be eaten by rats at a university research facility, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Thursday.
A probe into “violations of the integrity of a corpse” was handed over to the magistrates by prosecutors who handled the initial phase of the investigation after l’Express magazine reported the scandal last November.
The newspaper said the remains of thousands of people who donated their bodies for research were discovered in abhorrent conditions at the Centre for Body Donations (CDC) of the Paris-Descartes University in the French capital.
Bodies were strewn around naked, dismembered, piled one on top of the other, with even a severed head lying on the floor, l’Express reported, describing the scene photographed in 2016 as resembling a mass grave.
Some body parts were decomposing, others lay there chewed by rats amid overflowing garbage bags containing pieces of flesh.
Sept mois après les révélations de L’Express sur le fonctionnement du centre du don des corps de l’université #ParisDescartes, “le charnier de Paris-Descartes”, une #enquete de l’Inspection générale des affaires sociales a été publiée mi-juin pic.twitter.com/fNQdyJSmGE
— FRANCE 24 Français (@France24_fr) June 18, 2020
“This is very good news,” Frederic Douchez, a lawyer for families who pressed charges, said of Thursday’s announcement by the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Investigating magistrates, he said, have much wider powers to get to the bottom of the affair.
Nearly 80 complaints have so far been lodged.
The revelations caused the French government to order the shuttering of the centre and an administrative inspection by a panel which said in June the university was guilty of “serious ethical breaches” in its management of the CDC.
The centre, opened in 1953, was the largest of its kind in Europe and, until its closure, received hundreds of donated bodies every year.
Virus outbreak in Houston-area nursing home kills 17
A novel coronavirus outbreak at a Missouri City nursing home, outside of Houston, has killed 17 residents, according to data from state officials.
City officials issued a press release this week raising alarm over 19 deaths that they said occurred at the Paradigm at First Colony Nursing Home but nursing home officials told The Texas Tribune that the number is incorrect and declined to provide the correct number.
The city also reported that the facility has 24 infected staff members and the nursing home reported 11 currently infected residents who are in stable condition.
“This harrowing development speaks to the severity of this pandemic and how everyone needs to take it even more seriously,” said Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford of the outbreak in a Wednesday press release.
‘Gullible’ Trump administration paid up to $500 million too much for these ventilators: investigators
Citing “evidence of fraud, waste, and abuse,” a congressional subcommittee investigating the federal government’s purchase of $646.7 million worth of Philips ventilators has asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to launch its own investigation of the deal.
The House subcommittee launched its review after ProPublica stories in March and April showed how a U.S. subsidiary of Royal Philips N.V. received millions in federal tax dollars years ago to develop a low-cost ventilator for pandemics but didn’t deliver it. Instead, as the coronavirus began spreading around the globe and U.S. hospitals were desperate for more, Philips was selling commercial versions of the government-funded ventilator overseas from its Pennsylvania factory. Then in April, despite having not fulfilled the initial contract, the Dutch company struck a much more lucrative deal to sell the government 43,000 ventilators for four times the price.
Pastor slams Trump for lying about a ‘dystopian dreamscape’ if Biden wins: ‘Pandering to the worst level’
As President Donald Trump loses ground with evangelicals realizing he's not actually a Christian, the right-wing has scrambled with the only strategy they have: try to claim Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, is somehow not a Christian.
"Nobody ever would ever even think possible because he's following the radical left agenda," said Trump in Ohio. "Take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He's against God."