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Dismissal of suit on disease experiments appealed

Last Updated: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 22:44

Washington: Guatemalans who had been subjected to sexually transmitted diseases by US researchers in the 1940s have appealed a judge`s dismissal of their lawsuit.

US District Judge Reggie Walton dismissed the suit two months ago.

He ruled that federal law bars claims against the US based on injuries suffered abroad.

The victims filed an appeal on Monday with the US Court of Appeals in Washington.

The suit, on behalf of the victims and their heirs, came after revelations that Guatemalan prisoners, mental patients, soldiers and orphans had been deliberately infected without their consent.

The researchers were studying the effects of penicillin, then a relatively new drug.
President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius have apologised for the research.


First Published: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 22:44
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