South African court grants man 'right to die'

By May 3, 2015 Recent News

BBC News 30 April 2015
A South African court has granted a terminally ill man the right to die, in a landmark ruling for assisted suicide.
The Pretoria High Court ruled that Robin Stransham-Ford, 65, who was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2013, could allow a doctor to help him end his life.
Judge Hans Fabricius said that the doctor treating him could not now be prosecuted or face disciplinary action.
Campaign group Dignity SA says Mr Stransham-Ford later died.
He “died peacefully of natural causes”, said Dignity SA, which helped Mr Stransham-Ford bring his case.
Before they learnt of his death, state prosecutors had said they would appeal against the ruling.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said the ruling was “precedent-setting” and had “far-reaching implications” from a health and constitutional point of view.