Court Upholds Manea Doctor Ruling

22 May 2014, 10:01 | Updated: 22 May 2014, 10:10

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a request for a German doctor to be extradited to the UK, over the death of a Cambridgeshire pensioner.

Rory and Stuart Gray, the sons of 70 year old David Gray have been campaigning for Dr Daniel Ubani to face charges in the UK over his death in 2008 but this has been rejected by German authorities. 

They argued that German authorities did not carry out an effective investigation into his death.

Today the European Court of Human Rights issued its finding into the family's claim that the German investigation was flawed, saying it had found no violation of human rights.

It said: "The patient's sons complained that the authorities in Germany, where the doctor was tried and convicted of having caused the death by negligence, had not provided for an effective investigation into their father's death.

The court accepted that the German trial court had sufficient evidence available to it for the doctor's conviction by penal order without having held a hearing.

Moreover, the applicants had been sufficiently informed of the proceedings in Germany, and the German authorities had been justified in not extraditing the doctor to the United Kingdom in view of the proceedings before the German courts.'' 

In 2010 a coroner's inquest in the UK ruled that Mr Gray was unlawfully killed after Dr Ubani, who was working as an out of hours locum, fatally administered 10 times the normal dose of diamorphine.