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Police seize computer files of euthanasia campaigner in cancer case

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7360.356/a (Published 17 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:356
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Australian euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke, who was subjected to police raids in two states last week, has threatened Queensland police with legal action if they fail to return his records. He said most of the computer data and material seized in the Darwin and Adelaide searches belonged to the voluntary euthanasia group Exit and were unrelated to the death of cancer patient Nancy Crick.

    Dr Nitschke (shown above, centre left, at the patient's funeral) has admitted advising the 69 year old, who ran a website diary about her wish to die with dignity (13 April, p 871), but denies he assisted in her suicide when she ended her life two months ago, surrounded by 21 family members and friends.


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