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Doctor convicted of helping patient to commit suicide may be retried

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:924
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    A Dutch general practitioner found guilty of helping an infirm but not seriously ill elderly patient to commit suicide could face a retrial.

    The Netherlands solicitor general Nico Keijzer has advised the High Court that the legal test case should be retried in the light of the new law on euthanasia and assisted suicide that came into effect after the case was heard in December last year (BMJ 2001;323:1384).

    He writes that it should be investigated whether applying the new law could be more favourable to the accused. He also argues that …

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