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Court case filed against doctor for fake vaccination certificates

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The state has filed charges against a Larnaca doctor accused of issuing fake vaccination certificates to people, two of whom have since died, it was announced on Tuesday.

In a written statement, the Legal Service said Attorney-general Giorgos Savvides gave instructions for a case to be submitted against the 53-year-old cardiologist.

The Larnaca district court will convene on December 14 to decide whether to refer the doctor for trial before the criminal court.

The doctor faces charges including conspiracy to defraud, drafting and circulating a fake official document, and submitting information under false pretences.

The doctor was arrested in August and was remanded in custody twice before he was released pending the police investigation.

He was arrested after the family of a 41-year-old reported to police that he had been issued a fake vaccination certificate.

His father said he was informed that his son had confessed to medical and nursing staff at the hospital that he had obtained the fake document and that it was his son’s GP who had issued it.

After checks, it was found that the 41-year-old was registered in the Gesy system as having received the vaccine, which was administered by the suspect.

The nurse who heard from the 41-year-old he had not been vaccinated,told police she had asked him before the intubation if he had received the jab.

The 41-year-old and another man who had been allegedly issued with a fake vaccination certificate have died.

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