A court in Switzerland has found a self-styled acupuncturist guilty of intentionally infecting 16 people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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A court in Switzerland has found a self-styled acupuncturist guilty of intentionally infecting 16 people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

A regional court in the canton (state) of Bern said the man was sentenced Friday to 12 years and 9 months in prison.

Prosecutors had asked for a 15-year sentence for causing serious bodily harm and spreading human diseases.

They accused him of using various pretexts to prick his victims with a needle and infect them with HIV between 2001 and 2005.

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The man, who hasn’t been identified because of Swiss privacy laws, denied the charges.

Court spokesman Rene Graf says the verdict can be appealed.

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