Euthanasia case which inspired film dismissed

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18 March 2005, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA-A Spanish court has dismissed the case against Ramona Maneiro, the woman who aided in the suicide of paraplegic Ramon Sampedro, whose fight to end his life inspired an Oscar-winning Spanish movie.

18 March 2005

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA-A Spanish court has dismissed the case against Ramona Maneiro, the woman who aided in the suicide of paraplegic Ramon Sampedro, whose fight to end his life inspired an Oscar-winning Spanish movie.

A court in the north-western Spanish city of Ribeira had revived the case in January at the request of the Attorney General's Office, after Maneiro admitted on a television programme that she had provided Sampedro with the cyanide he used to kill himself in 1998.

Sampedro was the first Spaniard to demand via the courts that he be allowed to commit suicide and his story was told in "The Sea Inside," the powerful and gripping film by Alejandro Amenabar.

Maneiro said she decided to speak out after the film's success reopened the debate in Spain about whether a person has the legal right to end his/her life.

She added that she was convinced that the possible crimes she could have been charged with had already been prescribed.

In the new ruling, to which the EFE news agency acquired access on Thursday, Judge Maria Isabel Castro said that Maneiro's "legal responsibility has expired" for the potential crime of cooperating in a suicide.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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