Saturday, July 07, 2007

Psychiatrist helped three depressed people commit suicide.

As seen in EuroNews

A court in Switzerland has sentenced a retired psychiatrist to three years, for helping three depressed people commit suicide.

Peter Baumann, who ran his own assisted-suicide association, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a country which has some of the most relaxed assisted-suicide laws in Europe.

Two thirds of the jail term is suspended.

The prosecution told Basel criminal court that the three people in question were not capable of making a judgement.

Authorities began investigating him after a 48-year-old mentally-ill man committed suicide in 2001.

Then, in 2002, he helped a 62-year-old woman die. The case was documented in a Swiss TV programme.

In 2003, at the scene of another suicide, police found Baumann's fingerprints on the plastic bag used to administer the lethal dose of drugs.

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