A Dutch psychologist told the Volkskrant newspaper he has given “suicide powder” to over 100 people and is telling his story publicly to stir up public debate.
Wim van Dijk is a member of a campaign group called Laatste Wil cooperative, which claims to empower people to end their own life and is currently at the center of a police investigation.
Van Dijk told the newspaper he was questioned by police last week but refused to give them a statement. âI am very aware of the consequences of my story but I don’t care,â he said. “I don’t really mind if they arrest me or put me in jail.”
In the interview, Van Dijk talks about how he got involved in the campaign after his wife died of dementia.
‘I say here openly that I did this and I call others to do the same, âhe said. ‘I want social unrest to become so big that the legal system cannot ignore it. Civil disobedience is a lawful means of achieving a legitimate goal. The same is true of the law on abortion. I don’t care if they arrest me or put me in jail. I don’t mind something happening.
Van Dijk claims he bought the powder from Alex S who was arrested in August for allegedly selling suicide powder to dozens of people, including at least six who later died. S is now at the heart of a major police investigation.
S’s attorney declined to comment on the allegations when asked by the Volkskrant.
Last month, the president of Cooperatie Laatse Wil, Jos van Wijk, was arrested and detained for a day on suspicion of being involved in a criminal organization whose purpose is to aid in suicides.
And on Friday, the prosecution said two other members of the organization had been arrested in connection with a police investigation into unlawful assisted suicides – a 72-year-old woman from Amerfoort and a 78-year-old man from Den Bosch. . .
Although euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, under six strict conditions, it can only be performed by a doctor. In all other cases, assisted suicide is illegal. Alex S will appear in court next Wednesday.
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