Moscow court releases hematologist involved in controversial case from detention
MOSCOW, February 5 (RAPSI, Nikita Shiryayev) – The Moscow City Court has ruled to release from detention well-known hematologist Elena Misyurina, sentenced to a two-year-long prison term, RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Monday.
The court said Misyurina was to be released on her recognizance, thus granting the motions of both her defense and the prosecutors.
Earlier, the prosecutors had filed an appeal with the court seeking to return the criminal case against the hematologist back to them because of numerous violations committed in the course of the investigation. According to the prosecution’s statement, the conclusions of a lower court contradicted the facts established during the hearings. Moreover, the medical expertise reports in the case contradicted one another, whereas testimony provided by witnesses and experts was not adequately assessed, according to the move. The evidence in the case did not prove Misyurina’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt, the prosecutors pointed out.
In 2013, Misyrina conducted a diagnostic procedure, bone marrow trephine biopsy, for a patient, who died soon afterwards. The court found the doctor guilty of violating safety regulations that led to the patient’s death. Misyrina denied wrongdoing and her defense insists that the procedure was not related to the tragedy.
Misyrina’s case caught public attention with many medical professionals expressing support for the defendant and saying that the procedure could not cause the patient’s death. Thus, as the Russian President’s Council for Human Rights stated last week, over 600 doctors asked the body to intervene in this case.