Two UK people arrested for planning to take relative to Swiss suicide clinic

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 20 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5205
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Two people have been arrested and questioned by police over claims that they were planning to take a relative to the Dignitas assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland.

Those involved, who have not been named, were described by Sussex police as being a woman aged 65 and a 25 year old man from Chichester, in West Sussex. They are understood to be the wife and son of a 71 year old man with dementia, whose condition police described as vulnerable.

The couple were arrested on 8 August and questioned on suspicion of encouraging or assisting suicide, an offence under the Suicide Act 1961, amended by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. They were released on bail until 8 October while further inquiries are made. A police spokesman said, “The investigation is looking into what steps, if any, the suspects had made in taking the …

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