12:15 p.m., October 2, 2022
From his dad and mom’ home in Vienne, the place he’s compelled to dwell, Frédéric Péchier counts: “It will be nearly one thousand two hundred days since I was heard by the investigating judge. » Indicted for having deliberately poisoned 24 patients in two private clinics in Besançon between 2008 and 2017 – including 9 deaths – the anesthesiologist is now suspected of having polluted the rehydration bags of eight other victims, the prosecutor announced on Tuesday. of Besançon, Etienne Manteaux, with 4 deaths. On these new cases, he should be questioned at the beginning of 2023. With a new indictment at stake? To decide, the examining magistrate Marjolaine Poinsard will study the results of yet another second opinion.
Frédéric Péchier, he waits no longer. At the beginning of the week, his lawyers will file a request for modification of his judicial review, they announce to the JDD, finally arguing for this new extension of the instruction. Randall Schwerdorffer thus intends to request the return of his client to Besançon and the possibility for the latter to work again “ in the medical field, but not as a caregiver“.
Are these two requests realistic given this extraordinary file with more than 130,000 minutes? It is only since 2019, the date of his second indictment, that the anesthetist has been prevented from staying in Besançon. Between 2017 and 2019, he indeed lived in his house located near the bisontine golf course, with his wife and three children. A situation to which his defense wants to return. ” He cannot bribe any witness, since there is no crime scene; nobody saw anythingsupports Me Schwerdorffer. These are technical investigations.»
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Indeed, the preliminary investigation which led the prosecutor to request the supplementary indictment of Frédéric Péchier for eight new cases is based on the medical expertise of the 66 serious adverse events (operating accidents, in medical jargon) submitted to the judicial police of Besançon by the Saint-Vincent clinic in 2017, at the start of the procedure. As for his reintegration into the world of work, his advice knows this request more sensitive. “But it’s not about being in contact with patientsinsists the lawyer.It is simply to allow him to earn a living by practicing in the only field he knows: medicine.“. Presumed innocent, Frédéric Péchier has not been struck off the College of Physicians. But during confinement in 2020, justice refused his request to be a regulator at Samu.
“Let him live!»
Since the start of the affair, Frédéric Péchier has no longer had any income. And since 2019, the 50-year-old lives with his parents. “Let’s imagine for a second that he is innocent, it’s dramatic“, pleads Randall Schwerdorffer. “Let him live!“, gets carried away Lee Takhedmit, criminal lawyer recently appointed to defend the anesthesiologist, in place of Lionel Béthune de Moro and Jean-Yves Le Borgne, before denouncing “unreasonable delays“.
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On the side of the civil parties, weariness also wins. Frédéric Berna, who defends about thirty of them, says to himself “surprised“by this decision of the prosecutor of”put two pennies back in the machine“: “We rather imagined an upcoming closure of the judicial information. My clients are tired, some have been waiting for answers since 2017.“These eight new cases will further lengthen the procedure,”a minimum of two years“says Randall Schwerdorffer. “It is to take the danger of a deep melancholy of my shopper which could lead on to a brand new suicide try.continues the lawyer.For the civil events, for justice, Frédéric Péchier should be in a position to go to the finish of the process.On October 1, 2021, the anesthesiologist jumped out of the window of his dad and mom’ home. “I need to die harmless“, he had written to his mom.