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Suicide Centres Legal Threat

An assisted suicide centre has fled Hamburg for Switzerland over fears that it could face prosecution under new German laws.

Officials from the Verein Sterbehilfe Deutschland- who claim to have assisted in 60 suicides - have now set up headquarters in Zurich.

The group fears its membership fees - 200 GBP a year or life membership for 2,000 GBP - will fall foul of new laws being drawn up in Germany that will ban anyone from making a profit from an assisted death.

In Switzerland groups like Dignitas and Exit are allowed to operate legally while funding their running costs through donations.

The move comes as a right-to-die campaigner known only as Martin revealed he is determined to challenge Britain's assisted suicide laws in court.

Martin - who suffered a massive stroke in 2008 - is expected to hear by next month whether he is to be allowed a full hearing at the Court of Appeal.

His wife said: " "I don't want him to die but I've got to respect his wishes."

"I don't want to lose Martin, but that is his choice to want to die.

"We all have choices in life, but he is not able to have a choice or to have control in how his life ends," she added.

German Herald

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