Federal Court overturns assisted suicide deal

The Swiss Federal Court has declared an accord between the Zurich prosecutor’s office and an assisted suicide organisation null and void.

This content was published on June 16, 2010

According to the country's highest court, Swiss law does not permit such deals.

In 2009 the Exit association and Zurich’s chief prosecutor signed an agreement regulating the particulars of assisted suicide, including the use of deadly sodium pentobarbital and compensation for those who help others kill themselves.

It was the first time an assisted suicide group had made a pact with government authorities.

However, the court ruled on Wednesday that the issue of human life was so important that it fell exclusively under federal jurisdiction.

Exit helped 217 people end their lives in 2009. and agencies

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