Doctors indicted in euthanasia case suspected of another death


Two doctors indicted last year in the consensual murder of a terminally ill woman in Kyoto received new arrest warrants on Wednesday for allegedly murdering a man, the father of one of them, the report said. police.

Yoshikazu Okubo, 43, and Naoki Yamamoto, 43, are suspected of the March 2011 death of Yamamoto’s father, Yasushi, 77, in Tokyo, according to Kyoto Prefectural Police.

Police also arrested Yamamoto’s mother, Junko, 76, for his alleged involvement. Police did not disclose whether the three admitted or denied the charges.

Yasushi Yamamoto had been hospitalized in Nagano Prefecture at the time with a mental disorder, but suspects took him out on March 5, 2011 to be transferred to another hospital, according to investigative sources.

He died the same day as his condition was stable shortly before the transfer, the sources added.

Police discovered emails between the suspects suggesting they attempted to kill Yasushi Yamamoto, the sources said.

His body was buried without an autopsy or investigation.

The two doctors were charged in August last year for allegedly giving a 51-year-old woman with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a lethal dose of a sedative in her home in Kyoto in November 2019. Before her death, the woman had transferred money to Naoki Yamamoto’s bank account.


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