Schumacher medical record theft suspect, hangs self in cell

A person arrested by the Swiss police for his suspected involvement in the theft of Michael Schumacher’s medical records was found hanging in his cell at the Zurich detention facility.

Schumacher medical record theft suspectFormula One champion Michael Schumacher who was seriously injured in a skiing accident on December 29, 2013 was being shifted from a French hospital to Switzerland in June. The man in question, whose identity has not been disclosed, worked for a Swiss helicopter air rescue company – Rega, which had organized this shift. He has been suspected of theft and leaking of a medical file of Schumacher and was subsequently offered on sale to media outlets in Germany, England and France.  However these files, which contained over a dozen pages summarizing the condition of Schumacher were never published.

The hospital in Grenoble, France had reported the theft of medical records following which the man was arrested on Tuesday. He was however found on Wednesday morning hanging in a police cell. No confirmation on whether the files were authentic or nor have been confirmed, but details reveal that the seller had asked for a minimum amount of €50,000 (INR 41,04,687) in exchange for the documents.

Schumacher was being treated in a hospital in Grenoble and had spent close to six months in a medically induced coma. On waking he was shifted to University Hospital in Lausanne so as to be closer to his home in Gland, Switzerland. Schumacher is still paralyzed but manages to communicate with his family through blinks. He has been a seven time F1 champion and has also won a total of 91 Grand Prix races throughout his illustrious career.

via – BBC