Dutch Faith healer Jomanda escapes trial over popular actress’ death

AMSTERDAM — The public prosecution office has decided against taking faith healer Jomanda and four alternative therapists to trial for the death of actress Sylvia Millecam.

The public prosecution office in Amsterdam said on Tuesday it was unclear whether the five suspects damaged the health of Millecam, either by intent or negligence.

Twice awarded most popular TV personality by the public, Millecam discovered a lump in her breast in September 1999.

She sought healthcare from alternative doctors and therapists, including the psychic Jomanda, who told Millecam she did not have breast cancer.

This is one of the reasons why Millecam opted against chemotherapy. She eventually died from in August 2001 at the age of 45.

More than two years later, the public prosecution office launched criminal inquiries into the faith healer, three alternative doctors and a salt psychic.

But the investigation has now revealed that the five suspects did not hold Millecam back from regular healthcare, an act that is criminally prosecutable.

This is despite the fact the Healthcare Inspectorate (IGZ) was highly critical of all five suspects, stressing that the medical guidance given to Millecam was completely irresponsible.

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Oct. 3, 2006

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