Romania: top doctor under house arrest in embezzlement case

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A court has ruled that a top Romanian doctor charged with using state-owned equipment and other resources for his private clinic should be placed under house arrest.

The Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled Friday that Mihai Lucan, a well-connected urologist from the northwestern city of Cluj, would be detained at home over charges he embezzled 5 million lei ($1.3 million) from the state Institute of Urology and Renal Transplantation. Lucan denies wrongdoing.

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Lucan's son, the clinic's manager and two other employees were briefly detained last month.

Prosecutors say Lucan and the others illegally transferred equipment to his clinic from 2007-2009 and treated 159 patients, who paid between 3,000 and 6,700 euros each ($3,630-$8,107) for treatment.

Prosecutors say Lucan also illegally used the state clinic's materials and staff at his own clinic.