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For sale: Schumi's stolen medical records?

2014-06-24 08:02

SCHUMI RECORDS STOLEN: Hospital records purported to be those belonging to Michael Schumacher have reportedly been stolen and are for sale. Image: AP

GENEVA, Switzerland - Medical records purported to be those of former Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher have been stolen and are reportedly been put on sale. Officials are investigating the theft, reports Schumacher's agent, Sabine Kehm.

Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a skiing incident in the French Alps on December 2013, was transferred from Grenoble in France to a Swiss medical centre on (June 16 2014).

Germany's Die Welt newspaper reports that Schumacher's record are reportedly being offered for the equivalent for R719 000. According to German daily, Bild-Zeitung, Kehm described the news as "horrifying and disgusting".

'DOCUMENTS ARE STOLEN'

Kehm said: "For several days stolen documents and data have been offered for sale. The offer claims to be the medical files of Michael Schumacher. We cannot judge if these documents are authentic.

"However, the documents are clearly stolen. The theft has been reported. The authorities are involved."

Criminal charges and damages would be sought against anyone involved in the illegal sale or publication of his confidential records, Kehm said.

A spokesperson for the University Hospital of Lausanne  in Switzerland where the Schumacher is being treated in the neurological rehabilitation unit, said she had "no comment" on the case.

The centre treated former former Democratic of Congo president Mobutu Sese Seko for cancer in the mid-1990s and in 2013 its forensic scientists analysed the remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for traces of poison.

Schumacher has had several brain operations since his crash in the resort of Meribel.

His wife Corinna and two teenage children live in the family home midway between Geneva and Lausanne.

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