Belgian rapist Van Den Bleeken refused 'right to die'

By January 6, 2015 Recent News

BBC News 6 January 2015
A Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder will not be allowed to have doctors end his life as he has requested, the justice minister says.
Koen Geens said he was respecting the latest medical advice of doctors treating Frank Van den Bleeken, who is unable to control violent sexual urges.
Van den Bleeken will be moved to a new psychiatric treatment centre, he added.
Belgium is one of three European countries that allows euthanasia for terminally ill people.
But Van den Bleeken’s case is the first involving a prisoner since the assisted dying law was introduced 12 years ago.
His request to undergo euthanasia won approval from Belgium’s Federal Euthanasia Commission last September, after years of requests for the state to help him end his life.
But on Tuesday, Belgium’s justice ministry released a statement saying Mr Geens “takes note of the decision of doctors treating Mr Frank Van Den Bleeken to no longer continue the euthanasia procedure”.