Doctor suspected death certificate scam prohibited from exercising profession

The Venezuelan doctor arrested in the Algarve this week suspected of passing death certificates for money has been prohibited from exercising his profession while investigations continue. Police are trying to establish whether the alleged scam was set up to avoid the intervention of judicial authorities (in unexplained deaths) or simply to avoid the need for autopsies, which are required whenever the case of death is ‘in doubt, ignored, violent or there is the suspicion of crime”.