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Commercial assisted suicide unconstitutional, German court rules


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A law introduced in Germany in 2015 that bans commercial services offering assisted suicide is unconstitutional, the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday.

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The court found that there was a right to “self-determined” suicide, the president of the court, Andreas Vosskuhle, said.

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This included the freedom to take one’s own life and to use the services provided by third parties, the court found.

The ruling thus throws out a new clause in Germany’s criminal code – Paragraph 217 – that criminalises “commercial support for suicide” and provides for a jail sentence of up to three years.

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The ruling came in response to a case brought by terminally ill patients and their doctors.


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