Man Jailed Indefinitely for Spreading HIV

Canadian convicted of murder through HIV a danger to society, court decides
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 3:25 AM CDT
Updated Aug 3, 2011 6:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Canadian court has decided that a man convicted of murder through HIV transmission is dangerous enough to be locked up indefinitely. Johnson Aziga had unprotected sex with at least 11 women who were unaware of his condition, seven of whom became infected and two of whom died of AIDS-related cancers. Aziga is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years, but the dangerous offender ruling means that he can be detained indefinitely on sexual assault charges even if his murder convictions are overturned, the Globe and Mail reports.

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The court decided that Aziga has an unusually high libido and that trusting him to disclose his condition to future sexual partners would be "a gamble on the safety of women in this community." The 55-year-old, who is appealing the murder convictions, gave a rambling statement to the court, saying he wanted to renounce his Canadian citizenship and serve his sentence in his native Uganda. He denied deliberately infecting the women and asked to have "HIV positive" tattooed on the palms of his hands. (Read more Canada stories.)

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