Man killed Dutch ex-minister over euthanasia law

2016-02-04 20:35


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The Hague - A man accused of killing a former Dutch health minister has admitted the slaying, claiming it was an "order from God" because she was responsible for the Netherlands' euthanasia law.

Rotterdam Court spokesperson Pelle Biesmeijer said the suspect, identified only as Bart van U because of privacy rules, made the confession during a closed hearing on Thursday.

Former health minister Els Borst, who drafted the nation's landmark 2002 law legalising euthanasia, was stabbed to death at her home two years ago.

The leader of Borst's D66 party, Alexander Pechtold, says his "worst fears have been realised". He says Borst was killed "because of her socially and politically groundbreaking work on euthanasia".

Further details were not immediately available.

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