Dutch psychologist says he gave suicide powder to far more than 100 men and women

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A Dutch psychologist has explained to the Volkskrant newspaper he has given a ‘suicide powder’ to extra than 100 individuals and that he is telling his story publicly to stir up public debate.

Wim van Dijk is a member of a marketing campaign team identified as Cooperatie Laatste Wil, which backs offering persons the means to conclude their life and is at present at the centre of a police investigation.

Van Dijk told the paper he experienced been questioned by law enforcement previous 7 days but had declined to make a assertion to them. ‘I am really very well mindful of the repercussions of my tale but I never treatment,’ he claimed. ‘I’m not genuinely bothered if they arrest me or place me in jail.’

In the job interview, Van Dijk talks about how he grew to become included in the campaign following his wife died of dementia.

‘I am declaring right here overtly that I did this and I connect with on other individuals to do the same,’ he reported. I want social unrest to develop into so good that the lawful method are not able to dismiss it. Civil disobedience is a lawful suggests of reaching a reputable purpose. The same is real of the abortion legislation. I do not actually treatment if they arrest me or put me in jail. I damn well want a little something to transpire.’

Arrests

Van Dijk claims to have acquired the powder from Alex S who was detained in August for allegedly advertising suicide powder to dozens of folks, including at least 6 who later died. S is now at the heart of a main law enforcement investigation.

S’s law firm declined to remark on the claims when questioned by the Volkskrant.

Very last month, the chairman of Cooperatie Laatse Wil, Jos van Wijk, was arrested and detained for a working day, on suspicion of involvement in a criminal organisation whose function is to assistance in suicides.

And on Friday, the general public prosecution department explained it two much more customers of the organisation experienced been arrested as aspect of a police investigation into illegal assisted suicides – a 72-calendar year-previous girl from Amerfoort and a 78-year-previous man from Den Bosch.

Though euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, beneath six rigorous disorders, it can only be carried out by a doctor. In all other scenarios, helping suicide is illegal. Alex S will show up ahead of a court docket upcoming Wednesday.

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