Founder of Dignitas cleared of charges; doctors OKed to help in assisted suicide in SwitzerlandBy Michael Cook
NRL News Today - June 11, 2018
The founder of Switzerland’s best known assisted suicide group, Dignitas, has been cleared of charges of “profiteering” from helping people to die.
The public prosecutor contended that that the 85-year-old Ludwig Minelli had used “unauthorised commercial tactics” and charged “high fees which bear no relation to actual cost.” Under Swiss law, assisted suicide is legal only if there are no “self-serving motives”.
But a district court in Zurich found that the prosecutor had not been able to prove that there were selfish motivations in Minelli’s case. It ordered the prosecutor to pay Minelli’s costs – about CHF135, 000 ($136,000).
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