In a separate trial in the HIV scandal, the district court in March found Takeshi Abe, 85, once Japan's top hemophilia authority, not guilty of professional negligence in the 1991 death of the hemophiliac
Surgeons at the University of Tokyo Hospital on Wednesday began transplanting to a hemophiliac
patient with HIV and advanced hepatitis C part of a liver donated by the patient's brother.
In December, Corey Dubin, a hemophiliac
infected with the AIDS virus, met for lunch at a Carrow's restaurant in Camarillo with John Bacich, the president of a Baxter International Inc.
The Tokyo District Court ruled March 28 that Abe, once Japan's top hemophilia expert and a former vice president of Teikyo University, was not criminally responsible for the death of a male hemophiliac
who was infected with HIV by contaminated unheated blood-clotting agents in 1985.
Presiding Judge Toshio Nagai found Abe, 84, former vice president of Teikyo University, not criminally responsible for the death of a male hemophiliac
in allowing the use of unheated blood-clotting agents tainted with HIV on three occasions in May and June of 1985.
If accepted, it could provide payments of roughly $100,000 to every American hemophiliac
who contracted the virus which causes AIDS by taking tainted blood-clotting products manufactured by the companies during the early 1980s.
Ienishi is a hemophiliac
infected with HIV who first won a Diet seat in the 1996 lower house election in the Kinki proportional representation bloc.
Parks, who is also president-elect of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, has been active in national class-action litigation, particularly on behalf of hemophiliac
victims of AIDS.
Abe was indicted in September 1996 on charges of causing the AIDS death in December 1991 of a hemophiliac
male in his late 20s.
They report having found such lesions in a blood transfusion recipient, a hemophiliac
, a female partner of an AIDS-infected man, and a female partner of an AIDS-infected intravenous drug user.
The prosecutor also said Abe hampered and caused delay in measures to prevent hemophiliac
patients contracting HIV.
But a report in the March 15 LANCET describes a hemophiliac
whose blood showed he had been exposed to the AIDs virus after he received heat-treated factor VIII.