Shock: World Medical Association appoints doctor accused of crimes as president

Shock: World Medical Association appoints doctor accused of crimes as president

An Indian doctor who is facing corruption charges has been appointed president of the World Medical Association, the top medical ethics body in the world. The WMA released a statement saying the Dr. Ketan Desai had delivered his inaugural speech at the annual assembly of the association in Taiwan. Desai will served in the position […]

An Indian doctor who is facing corruption charges has been appointed president of the World Medical Association, the top medical ethics body in the world. The WMA released a statement saying the Dr. Ketan Desai had delivered his inaugural speech at the annual assembly of the association in Taiwan.

Desai will served in the position from 2016 until 2017. He is currently facing conspiracy and corruption allegations since being selected back in 2009 as WMA’s future president. Desai says he has done nothing wrong.

“I don’t think there’s anything we want to add to what we have already said,” Nigel Duncan, a spokesman for the WMA, told Reuters.

Desai is accused of being involved in a conspiracy to get a bribe of 20 million rupees, or $450,000, from a medical college in return for helping the school get permission to add more students, according to reports.

Desai spent time in jail, and his inauguration to WMA was suspended. But in 2013 WMA lifted the suspension after getting assurances from Desai’s former organization, the Indian Medical Association.

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