GRENOBLE, France: French police have opened a criminal probe into the alleged theft of medical records related to Michael Schumacher’s treatment after a ski crash in December.
Grenoble prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat said the investigation was launched following a complaint from the hospital where the former Formula One world champion was treated for months after the December 2013 crash.
“For now nothing is certain in this case,” he said. “The perpetrator or perpetrators of the theft contacted some French, Swiss and German journalists. An individual, communicating by e-mail, is asking for $67,000 to provide a document of several dozen pages that summarizes everything that happened at Grenoble during Schumacher’s hospitalization.”
Coquillat said parts of the document were provided by e-mail to prove it was legitimate. The document did not appear in Schumacher’s final medical report and was likely to have been a draft left in a hospital bin, according to the prosecutor.
A source close to the investigation said the document appeared to be a summary written by Schumacher’s doctor for his transfer to Switzerland this month after emerging from a coma. Police are tracing who had access to the document and the hospital is checking its computer system to see if it may have been hacked, sources said.
Schumacher’s spokesman, Sabine Kehm, warned that the documents were confidential and promised to sue any publication that releases the medical records.