Expatica (Belgium Edition)
A serial rapist and murderer who had won the right to die under Belgium’s controversial euthanasia laws will not now be put to death following fresh medical advice, authorities said Tuesday.
Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent 26 years in jail for repeated rapes and a rape-murder, will instead be moved from his prison in the northwestern city of Bruges to a new psychiatric treatment centre in Ghent, Justice Minister Koen Geens said.
The Flemish-language newspaper De Morgen reported Saturday that Van Den Bleeken would be voluntarily euthanized by lethal injection in Bruges prison on January 11. [Full text]
Frank Van Den Bleeken wants to end years of mental anguish
Will commit medically assisted suicide at jail in Bruges this week
It comes 12 years after Belgium’s euthanasia law was introduced
Mail Foreign Service
A rapist and murderer is to be put to death in Belgium, despite the EU ban on the death penalty, after a court granted him the right to euthanasia.
Frank Van Den Bleeken argued that he had no prospect of release because he cannot overcome his violent sexual impulses and wants to end years of mental anguish.
Van Den Bleeken, 51, will commit medically assisted suicide at a prison in Bruges this week. [Full text]
A serial murderer and rapist has been given the right to end his life under controversial Belgian euthanasia laws, it has emerged.
Frank Van Den Bleeken, 50, has been behind bars for 30 years and has no hope of release because of his intensely violent urges.
Now judges in Brussels have agreed that Van Den Bleeken can commit suicide with the help of medics.
Jos Vander Velpen, the prisoner’s lawyer, said: ‘Over recent years, he has been seen by several doctors and psychologists and their conclusion is that he is suffering, and suffering unbearably.’ . . . [Full text]
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A Belgian murderer and rapist serving a life sentence is to be allowed to have doctors end his life following a ground-breaking ruling under laws in Belgium permitting people to request euthanasia.
Frank Van Den Bleeken had argued that he had no prospect of release since he could not overcome his violent sexual impulses and so he wanted to exercise his right to medically assisted suicide in order to end years of mental anguish. [Full text]