ROME, Dec 22 – Sicilian police on Thursday arrested a stretcher-bearer suspected of killing terminally ill people in return for cash payments linked to the mafia.
The 42-year-old was arrested in Catania. He is alleged to have injected air into the veins of three patients as they were being transported home in an ambulance from hospital.
He was paid €300 (RM1452.84) for each death, according to a reformed mafioso who unveiled the affair in an investigative programme aired on Italian television.
Two other stretcher-bearers are being questioned by police over similar cases, with the total number of suspect deaths in the so-called “death ambulances” thought to be around 50.
“As these people were at the end of their lives and were slated to die anyway, he injected air into their veins and they died of embolism,” the mafioso said. — AFP