‘Thief’ who stole Schumacher’s medical reports found hanging in prison

Geneva :  The man, understood to be a manager at Swiss helicopter company Rega, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of violating patient privacy. A man suspected of leaking Michael Schumacher’s medical files has been found hanged in his police cell.

Not named but described as a manager at Swiss helicopter company Rega, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with violating patient privacy and medical secrecy.Swiss prosecutors say there is no indication a third party was involved in his death.

Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in the French Alps last year, was transferred under a pseudonym from Grenoble hospital to University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) on June 16 after emerging from a coma.

The 45-year-old German was taken by ambulance but Rega was also contacted when helicopter transport was being considered.

French newspaper ‘Le Dauphine Libere’ reported in early July that leaked documents being offered to European media for some 60,000 Swiss francs (£40,000) appeared to have come from the IP address of a computer at the Zurich-based helicopter company.

Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm spoke of her ‘horror and disgust’ after the 10-page dossier was touted for sale to media in Britain, Germany and France.

The file appeared to be a detailed report on Schumacher’s treatment since his skiing accident last December. French prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into the alleged theft.

It has never been published and Kehm had warned if any media organisation published the information, they would be sued. The offer had told any potential buyers a transfer would be carried out at a lawyer’s office in Switzerland and that the buyer would have to ‘pay cash up front to the lawyer’.

The email included an extract from the document claiming to be proof that the dossier is authentic.

Schumacher was transferred from Grenoble to Lausanne on June 16 to begin rehabilitation.

It is seven months since he suffered his life-threatening accident during a skiing holiday with family and friends.

While skiing off-piste he struck a partially-covered rock, lost control and catapulted 34 feet on to another rock. He smashed his head on the bolder and the force of the collision shattered his helmet.

The hospital in Lausanne, where the seven-time F1 champion is now being treated is just 20 miles from his £50 million home on the shores of Lake Geneva.

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