Dutch prosecutors to investigate euthanasia cases after sharp rise

Doctor-assisted deaths of four women in the Netherlands found to warrant criminal inquires

Criminal investigations have been launched into four cases of euthanasia in the Netherlands after a sharp rise in the number of doctor-assisted deaths.

The cases follow the opening of a criminal inquiry last year into the euthanasia of a 74-year-old woman who was described by prosecutors as “seriously demented and legally incapable” of choosing whether to die or not.

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