Monday, July 23, 2018

Public Prosecutor drops investigation into Dutch assisted suicide group supplying 'suicide powder' in teen's death.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In the United States the assisted suicide lobby is trying to convince people that suicide is different than assisted suicide while in the Netherlands the assisted suicide lobby may have been promoting a 'suicide powder.'

Ximena Knol
The DutchNews.NL reported that the Public Prosecutor closed the investigation into the Netherlands assisted suicide group, the Final Wish Cooperative, in the suicide death of Ximena Knol, a 19 year-old who died last January.

In March, the assisted suicide group made headlines when it was reported that Ximena died by suicide with the alleged involvement of the group. According to Reuters:

Prosecutors had been looking at the Final Wish cooperative since September... 
Final Wish made headlines last week when the father of 19-year-old Ximena Knol said on television the group should be shut down after his daughter’s suicide using a powder believed to be the same “Substance X” the association promotes.
Last April the assisted suicide lobby group delayed the launch of the suicide drug known as Substance X after a 19-year-old died. Reuters reported
Cooperative Last Will scrapped its plan for Substance X after prosecutors launched an investigation into the group following the suicide of a 19-year-old woman. Her parents blamed Last Will on the grounds that its announcement made her aware of the existence of the chemicals she used to kill herself.
The DutchNewsNL is stating that the public prosecutor could not prove that the Final Wish Cooperative had provided the 'suicide powder' in Ximena's death.
The public prosecution department has closed its investigation into the Last Will co-operative, which had been planning to distribute a ‘suicide powder’ in the Netherlands. 
The department said in a statement that it could not prove the cooperative was guilty of helping people to commit suicide or other infringements of the law.
The Netherlands public prosecutor is also investigating abuse of the euthanasia law in 4 assisted deaths in 2017. 

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