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Three Poles indicted in Crulic case

Three Poles have been indicted in the case of Romanian Claudiu Crulic who had died in a Krakow hospital. According to Antena 3, the three individuals were senior officials of the prison hospital where the Romanian had been detained. They are facing up to five years in prison for not attending to the patient properly. Claudiu Crulic (33) was incarcerated in a Krakow prison under suspicion of theft, in 2007. Because he considered himself innocent, the young man refused food to protest against charges brought against him. He asked the Romanian state for assistance, but never got it. His physical condition continued to deteriorate every day because of lack of nourishment and the heads of the prison asked the court to authorize forced administration of nourishment, but it was too late. A week prior to his death, without the judges’ consent, Crulic was taken into the prison operating room to be hydrated. He dies mid-January 2008, a day after being transferred into a regular hospital. The Polish physician who attended Claudiu Crulic says he was a walking skeleton when he had been brought by the prison guards to hospital. Initially, the case was hushed up by the Polish authorities. Only two months after his death, sources from the prison hospital in Krakow decided to speak and the authorities commenced investigations. In Romania, the consul and ambassador to Warsaw were dismissed from office for ‘failure to provide consular assistance’, and Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu resigned following harsh criticism of his management of the situation.

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