Greece: Hospital probe into bribery-death claim

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Posted: Jul 15, 2014 10:34 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A judicial inquiry is taking place at a state hospital in Athens where a 67-year-old heart patient died after allegedly being denied timely surgery by a doctor seeking a bribe.

Judicial officials in a statement Tuesday said the investigation was ordered Monday, a day after the patient died.

The 59-year-old surgeon and hospital administrator was arrested last week after receiving a payment of 500 euros ($680) from the heart attack victim in an operation monitored by police. He has been changed with bribery and blackmail.

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The patient received heart surgery on Saturday but died the following day.

Bribery remains widespread in Greece, which is ranked by the Berlin-based Transparency International watchdog group as one of the most corrupt countries in Europe.