Sampedro case to be re-opened after confession

17th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 January 2005, SANTIAGO-The criminal investigation into the death of tetraplegic former sailor Ramon Sampedro is to be re-opened, legal sources said.

17 January 2005

SANTIAGO-The criminal investigation into the death of tetraplegic former sailor Ramon Sampedro is to be re-opened, legal sources said.

The story of Sampedro´s death has been made into a controversial but highly successful film, The Sea Inside, which sparked a national debate on euthanasia in Spain.

The Galician attorney general  Carlos Varela, has asked legal authorities to re-open the case after Sampedro´s friend Ramona Maneiro confessed publicly on television last week to helping the disabled ex-sailor to kill himself.

The move comes after Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside) was named the best foreign film in the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The film, directed by Alejandro Amenabar and starring Javier Bardem, told the story of how Sampedro took his own life after a campaign against the law in Spain which bans euthanasia.

The film filled box offices in Spain and forced newly elected Socialist prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to confront demands to change the existing law.

Maneiro admitted that she had helped him take his own life by supplied cyanide which killed him.

The identity of the person who had helped tetraplegic Sampedro end his life had been a closely-guarded secret since his death in 1998.

Maneiro was initially arrested then released without charge.

If the case is re-opened then she could face re-arrest and even a murder charge.

Mar Adentro could be set to win best foreign film in the Oscars later this year.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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