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The Independent Online
PARIS - A French court ordered the release of a former official jailed for fraud for distributing HIV-tainted blood products, but he remained in custody in a fresh inquiry.

The court rejected a state prosecutor's attempt to block the release of Jean-Pierre Allain and said he should be paroled as he had served half his two-year prison term. But an investigating magistrate ordered him held in a fresh inquiry into whether his role in the blood scandal could be considered poisoning, which carries a heavier penalty. Reuter

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