Geneva : A self-styled acupuncturist intentionally infected 16 people with HIV by pricking his victims with needles containing Aids-infected blood. The suspect has been indicted on charges of intentionally spreading disease and causing serious bodily harm. The offences carry a maximum sentence of five and 10 years respectively. The man, who ran a music school, picked most of his victims from among his pupils. He allegedly operated an acupuncture clinic without a licence from 2001-05, where he infected them, the regional prosecutor said.

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