French Polynesia euthanasia doctor acquitted

13th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PAPEETE, June 13 (AFP) - A doctor has been acquitted of murdering a terminally ill cancer patient in French Polynesia's first euthanasia case.

PAPEETE, June 13 (AFP) - A doctor has been acquitted of murdering a terminally ill cancer patient in French Polynesia's first euthanasia case.

Doctor Leon Law told the court in Tahiti that he had injected prostate cancer sufferer Fred Teriitekoofa with six grams of potassium chloride in November 1997 at the request of his family.  

Law said the patient was in extreme pain and only had 24 hours to live.  

"I explained in Tahitian to the family that the only treatment I could offer to relieve him would also lead to his death," he said. "There's no doubt that I was fully understood."  

Law, who was acquitted on Saturday, said he had acted in good conscience "like the 150,000 doctors who carried out an act of euthanasia in France last year".  

However, Teriitekoofa's family promised to appeal the ruling.  

"They treated my brother like a vet with a sick dog," his sister Noelline told the court.

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