Trial in the criminal case concerning unauthorised clinical trials on humans started in the Tartu County Court on Monday, writes LETA/National Broadcasting.
Charged with the crimes are well-known medical doctors Andres Sell and Lembit Allikmets.
According to charges, in 2006, 64 orthopaedic surgeries were carried out in the outpatient surgery centre Medex and in the Tartu University Hospital, using the anaesthetic drug for which there was no authorisation by the State Agency of Medicines and whereby patients were also not informed in accordance to the regulations.
The prosecutor has stated that Sell incited Allikmets to forge a permit for the trials and the latter did so.
If convicted in carrying out illegal clinical trials on humans, the court may sentence the accused with a monetary fine or a prison term of up to three years.
The Tartu County Court ruled on Monday that the trial would not be open to the public. The Southern Circuit Prosecutor Kristiina Laas requested that the sitting be declared closed in order to protect the private lives of the victims as the case would reveal the data on their health records which are considered delicate personal data.
Defence lawyers also agreed with the prosecutor’s request.