Head of Dutch pro-assisted suicide group detained

The chairman of a Dutch group that lobbies for folks’s proper to finish their very own lives and gives data to its members has been detained on suspicion of involvement in assisted suicide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The chairman of a Dutch group that lobbies for folks’s proper to finish their very own lives and gives data to its members was detained Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in assisted suicide.

Prosecutors stated in an announcement that the person is suspected of “participation in a criminal organization whose object is to commit and/or plan the crime of assisted suicide.”

In 2002, the Netherlands turned the primary nation on the planet to legalize euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide beneath strict circumstances. It stays unlawful for anyone who will not be a doctor to assist anyone to take their very own life.

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Prosecutors did not determine the suspect however the group he leads, referred to as the Closing Will Cooperative, recognized by the Dutch acronym CLW, confirmed that its chairman, Jos van Wijk, had been detained.

In a response emailed to The Related Press, the cooperative stated it “regrets that the Public Prosecution Service has decided to arrest its chairman. Since its inception in 2013, the CLW has consciously acted within the law.”

The group stated that it “looks ahead to the further procedure with confidence.”

Debate has been occurring for years within the Netherlands about the potential for legalizing assisted suicide as a approach of giving folks management over the ultimate part of their lives and permitting distribution of a substance that individuals wishing to finish their lives can take.

Whereas the cooperative says {that a} majority of the Dutch inhabitants helps legalization, politicians stay deeply divided.

The group, which has says it has greater than 26,500 members, is pushing for a legislation change. It filed a civil case towards the Dutch state in April, arguing that the federal government is “acting unlawfully by denying its citizens the right to die with dignity under their own control.” The case is predicted to go to courtroom subsequent yr.

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In one other case, earlier this yr, prosecutors additionally arrested a 28-year-old man from the southern metropolis of Eindhoven on suspicion of offering a “suspicious substance” to no less than six individuals who took her personal lives. Prosecutors allege that he offered the substance from November 2018 till June this yr. He hasn’t but been placed on trial.