Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

UGANDA: OPPOSITION LEADER IN COURT ON TREASON CHARGES

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Istanbul's Suffering in the Shadows?

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey targeted: Islamic State Group blamed for Istanbul attack (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey targeted: Terror attack coincides with foreign policy pivot (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

" We have a lot that we can do together to make Middle East a better place"

Read more

FOCUS

Will Bolivia see a lithium boom?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Child refugees: Inside Turkey's hidden sweatshops

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'The Red Turtle', 'Camping 3' and 'The Balkan Trilogy'

Read more

FACE-OFF

After Brexit, is a Frexit possible?

Read more

Europe

Highest civil court delivers landmark euthanasia ruling

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-06-25

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has ruled that cutting off life support for consenting, terminally-ill patients is not a crime. The landmark ruling follows years of debate in the country on the controversial issue.

REUTERS - Cutting off a patient’s life support is not a criminal offence if the dying person has willed it, Germany’s highest civil court said on Friday in a landmark ruling on assisted suicide.

The decision by the Federal Court of Justice, which follows years of debate in Germany on the subject of euthanasia, acquitted a lawyer who was convicted last year of attempted manslaughter for advising a woman to help her mother die.
 
The lawyer appealed his conviction, prompting the court to rule that those caring for the patient should cut off life support measures if the patient has willed it.
 
According to media reports, the elderly woman had told her daughter she did not want her life to be prolonged artificially before she slipped into a coma after a cerebral haemorrhage in 2002. But there was no written record of this.
 
Acting upon the lawyer’s advice, the woman severed the gastric tube that was keeping her mother alive. The tube was later replaced but the woman died two weeks later.
 
The daughter and the lawyer were later charged with attempted manslaughter. A district court handed the lawyer a nine-month suspended sentence, but the daughter was acquitted.

 

Date created : 2010-06-25

COMMENT(S)