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Probe into abuse claim doc ended; HOSPITAL.

Byline: DAVID COLLINS; DANNY BUCKLAND

A TOP doctor suspended over child abuse claims had a police investigation against him dropped.

Heart specialist Phillip Bonhoeffer, 49, who worked at London's Great Ormond Street hospital, faced allegations relating to time he spent working in Kenya.

Met officers went to Africa to investigate the claims and interview witnesses following a complaint in 2008.

But they had to call off the investigation because the Sexual Offences Act does not cover crimes committed by UK nationals abroad before May 1, 2004.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed: "No arrest was made as the offences were not prosecutable in the UK for legal reasons."

Bonhoeffer, who strongly denies wrongdoing, was due before a fitness to practise panel to hear the allegations. But his lawyers applied for a judicial review to be heard at the High Court today.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 8, 2011
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