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Dutch court clears doctor over euthanising woman with dementia

A Dutch court on Wednesday acquitted a doctor for euthanising a patient with severe dementia, in a landmark case for the Netherlands, the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia. Prosecutors had accused the unnamed doctor of failing to properly consult the 74-year-old woman before administering lethal drugs, saying the patient may have changed her mind about dying. We conclude that all requirements of the euthanasia legislation had been met. Therefore the suspect is acquitted of all charges, judge Mariette Renckens said at the court in The Hague. We believe that given the deeply demented condition of the patient the doctor did not need to verify her wish for euthanasia. Applause broke out in the courtroom after the verdict, seen as an important test of the law in the country that was the first in the world to legalise euthanasia in 2002. The 2016 case attracted media attention due to details of how the patient was given a sedative in her coffee but nevertheless had to be

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