France’s former Health minister Agnès Buzyn has been charged over her dealings of the Covid-19 pandemic after researchers from a special court of law in Paris concluded that there were reasons to persecute her.
Buzyn has been charged with “life in endanger” of others,” said the public prosecutor in An special court of law die acts with ministerial accountability. AN second possible insult of “failure to stop a disaster” was not brought.
The former doctor, who shall in be able to appeal against the indictment, attended a court hearing on Friday, and said she welcomed “an excellent opportunity” for me to explain myself and to the truth”.
She said she “wouldn’t let the action happen” of the government in be discredited, of my action as a minister, when we did so much to prepare our country for An global health crisis die still continues”.
The charge is a blow for the president, Emmanuel Macron, whose treatment of the health crisis will face control during election campaigns next year, but the court is also probably to face accusations of judicial overrun.
buzyn, who resigned from her post in February last year, weeks after the first Covid cases were confirmed in France, has faced criticism and ridicule over her first statements over the pandemic.
She said in January 2020 that there is “virtually none” risk” of Importing Covid-19 from the Chinese city at the origin of the outbreak, Wuhan, and then said the “risk of a spread of the coronavirus under the population is very small”.
A month later, when she left the ministry to launch a failed attempting to become mayor of Paris, she claimed that “the tsunami is yet to come”, in an apparent contradiction of her previous statements.
Buzyn, a cancer and transplant specialist, later told a parliamentary inquiry that she had warned the president and the then prime minister, Edouard Philippe, against the possible “dangers” of Covid-19 already in January.
The special court, called the court of justice of the republic, was created in 1993 to persecute ministers way of improve accountability because of the perception that cabinet members in were able to escape legal disapproval for their actions in office.
Some critics blame it of too slow and lenient, while defenders of Buzyn considers the investigation unfair and will prevent others from entering politics.
Philippe and the current Health minister, Olivier Veran, his also is being investigated.
Buzyn has stopped politics and in January joined the Cabinet of the world Health Organizations director-generalTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has also been under fire for its response to the pandemic.
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