Friday, 28. November 2014
27. 03. 08. - 10:30
Controversial Swiss assisted suicide group Dignitas’s latest method to help
people kill themselves has been compared to Nazi extermination by Swiss
Urs Stoffel, chairman of the Zurich doctors union, slammed Dignitas’s new method of assisted suicide where plastic bags filled with helium are placed over client's heads.
They eventually suffocate but videos of the deaths recorded by Dignitas have reportedly shown people trembling for minutes as they die.
Stoffel said: "If one of our members performs an assisted suicide with the helium method, he or she can expect to stand trial. Doctors who work for Dignitas may be excluded from the union.
"Bearing in mind the Nazi methods of the Third Reich when people where systematically murdered by gas, we cannot agree with what Dignitas is doing nowadays."
Ludwig A. Minelli, head of Dignitas, admitted the use of the helium filled bags could be distressing for relatives of the deceased.
He said: "It's hard for the relatives because the person is shaking when this method is used."
But he attacked public prosecutors for making news of the new method public and said he feared some suicidal people would now try and use helium-filled bags on their own to end their lives.
He said: "I regret that the public prosecutor made the helium method public."
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