Man, 74, arrested for offering suicide powder to hundreds of people

A 74-calendar year-old man from Castricum has been arrested in an investigation into the sale of so-termed suicide powder and is believed to have had a role in at minimum four deaths.

The man might have marketed the powder to extra than 500 people today on the internet and ‘earned considerably’ from doing so, the general public prosecution division stated on Friday.

The investigation started right after a suicide in Zeeland and a suspicious death in Breda. One particular of the two men and women had a package deal in their house which could be traced back again to him, the section reported. The guy will be in court docket for a remand listening to on Friday.

The powder was initially introduced as a humane way of committing suicide by the Coöperatie Laatste Wil (CLW), a proper-to-die marketing campaign group in 2017.

The cooperative offered it by using meetings at members’ houses but stopped this previous yr soon after many individuals were arrested, including the organisation’s chairman.

The powder, a preservative, is legally available in the Netherlands except offered as a suicide support.

Last July a person named as Alex S was arrested for his role in distributing the powder, which justice ministry officials say may perhaps have been associated 33 deaths.

And in October, psychologist Wim van Dijk told the Volkskrant newspaper he had provided the  powder to more than 100 people today. He mentioned at the time he experienced gone public with his steps stir up general public debate.

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