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Canada Rules HIV Killer Dangerous

HAMILTON, Ontario, Aug. 2 (UPI) — A Canadian court Tuesday imposed the designation of dangerous offender on a man in Hamilton, Ontario, convicted of killing two women by giving them HIV.

Ontario provincial Justice Thomas Lofchik ruled 54-year-old Johnson Aziga, the first man in Canada convicted of first-degree murder via human immunodeficiency virus transmission, was a risk to “the safety of the women in this community,” Postmedia News reported.

Crown prosecutors sought the legal declaration of dangerous offender to keep him in prison indefinitely, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said.

Aziga was arrested in 2003 and charged with failing to tell 11 women he had sex with about his HIV-positive status as required by law after he was informed of his diagnosis in 1996. Seven women were infected, two of whom died.

The judge spent 2 hours explaining his 50-page decision to impose the dangerous offender status, previously only conferred on serial killers, rapists and predators.

Aziga has repeatedly denied knowingly infecting the 11 women with unprotected sex and indicated he wanted to appeal his murder convictions.

The Ugandan immigrant, who has refugee status, said Tuesday he wanted to renounce his Canadian citizenship, the CBC said.

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