Doctors, nurses face tourist death charges

RHODES (AP) – Three doctors and two nursing staff members from a public hospital went on trial yesterday over the death of a British tourist. They have been charged with homicide through criminal negligence. Christopher Rochester, 24, was fatally injured after falling from a hotel balcony in June 2000 at the rowdy holiday resort of Faliraki on Rhodes. Rochester, from near Durham in northeast England, died of a hemorrhage at Rhodes General hospital a few hours later. A public inquiry into the man’s death cleared the five defendants. But prosecutors still brought charges against doctors Stergios Pavlidis, Giorgos Karavolias and Michalis Sokorelos, as well as nursing staffers Stergios Koukias and Despina Kazaki. The panel of three judges is expected to announce the verdict today.

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