Swiss police storm home of fugitive in HIV trial

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Posted: Mar 15, 2013 10:06 AM

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss police have arrested a self-styled acupuncturist who holed up in his home after refusing to attend a trial at which he is accused of intentionally infecting 16 people with HIV.

Police spokesman Michael Fichter says a SWAT team stormed the man's home in the capital Bern Friday after a daylong standoff during which he had threatened officers with a samurai sword and a gun.

After his arrest the man was taken to a hospital for a medical examination.

Prosecutors accuse the man of using various pretexts to prick his victims with a needle and infect them with HIV between 2001 and 2005. They have asked judges to sentence him to 15 years in prison.

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The man, who hasn't been identified because of Swiss privacy laws, denies the charges.