Unlicensed Cambodian doctor Yem Chroeum (C) is escorted by Cambodian police officials as he walks at a court in Battambang province, western Cambodia, on December 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO CAMBODIA OUT
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A Cambodian court convicted an unlicensed medical practitioner of murder Thursday and sentenced him to 25 years in prison for spreading HIV among more than 270 villagers, some as young as 2, in Cambodia's remote northwest.The case is a blow to Cambodia's so-far successful efforts to cut the rate of HIV infections after the virus spread almost uncontrollably in the impoverished country during the 1990s.Authorities decided to test villagers after a 74-year-old man tested positive for HIV in November.
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