Man indicted in Germany for selling 'suicide pills'

15th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2006, WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - Germany indicted a man Thursday for illegally vending medications after he allegedly sold "suicide pills" over the internet to 19 people who wanted to die. Six persons killed themselves with the drugs, normally only available by prescription, and a teenager was crippled, prosecutors said in the western city of Wuppertal, where the 23-year-old defendant, described as an event manager, is in custody. The man has not responded to the 19 charges of breaching drug laws, e

15 September 2006

WUPPERTAL, GERMANY - Germany indicted a man Thursday for illegally vending medications after he allegedly sold "suicide pills" over the internet to 19 people who wanted to die.

Six persons killed themselves with the drugs, normally only available by prescription, and a teenager was crippled, prosecutors said in the western city of Wuppertal, where the 23-year-old defendant, described as an event manager, is in custody.

The man has not responded to the 19 charges of breaching drug laws, each of which is punishable by up to 10 years in jail. Suicide and assisting suicide are not treated in Germany as punishable crimes.

The accused offered the anti-epileptic and sedative drugs over internet forums where people discussed how to kill themselves.

The 13 survivors were in comas for days. A 19-year-old who tried to kill himself was found in a hotel room with postmortem lividity and remains physically damaged from the brush with death, prosecutor Alfons Grevener said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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