Update 13:30 Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The trial for fraud opened in Lausanne Monday morning 25 January of Dr Julien Bogousslavsky, world-renowned neurologist and specialist in strokes. He is accused of pocketing CHF5.3 million, money he reputedly took from the coffers of the university hospital’s neurology department, as well as research funds provided by companies.
Bogousslavsky admitted at the trial opening that he had taken the money, and he apologized, saying that he was glad the situation had ended.
His passion for antique books and expensive art books lay behind his actions, 20 Minutes reports him as telling the court. He said that he began pilfering art books as a child, from his grandmother’s library in Paris.
He began taking hospital funds in 2000 and was arrested in 2006 and fired immediately from his job.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.