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French doctor admits killing patients

2011-08-13 16:03

Paris - A French emergency doctor has admitted to killing elderly sick patients with lethal injections, in apparent cases of euthanasia, French media reported on Saturday.

"He did the same thing before. My client has been accompanying people to the end of their lives for many years. I cannot say how many," the doctor's lawyer Arnaud Dupin told the daily Le Parisien.

"He confessed to investigators, without going into the details of each case," Dupin added.

The city of Bayonne launched an investigation after at least four of the doctor's elderly patients died in unusual circumstances.

Dupin said the 50-year-old doctor had discussed his actions with the families of several deceased patients, as well with colleagues.

"He does not regret his actions," the lawyer said.

Media reported that the doctor had administered the lethal injections "to shorten the suffering of his patients".
He could face life in prison.

Comments
  • AmbercrestBB - 2011-08-13 16:54

    I think his "suffering" should be shortened by lethal injection.

      Bontage - 2011-08-13 23:16

      So you're an advocate of euthanasia, Amber? I'm glad to see you're a rational person who understands that it is the person concerned, not their family, their doctor, or their priest, who gets to determine the time and manner of their death.

  • Georgp2 - 2011-08-13 17:41

    I think it is cheap talk if you have never seen somebody suffer in old age to judge this guy. What he did was what I would like them to do to me one day

  • Grant - 2011-08-13 18:04

    The importatnt point is "Dupin said the 50-year-old doctor had discussed his actions with the families of several deceased patients, as well with colleagues.

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