A Dutch psychologist told a newspaper reporter that he had given ‘suicide powder’ to more than 100 people and was speaking with the aim of provoking a debate on Dutch laws on suicide. help to die.
Wim van Dijk, 78, said he didn’t care about being jailed for his actions and insisted the issue had to be brought up.
“I am aware of the consequences of my story. I don’t care, ”he told De Volkskrant. “I want the social unrest to become so great that justice cannot ignore it. I don’t care if they arrest me or put me in jail. I want something to happen.
Dutch law stipulates that people can only be assisted in dying by a doctor in response to a “voluntary and carefully considered request” in the context of “unbearable suffering for which there is no prospect of improvement or reduction. alternative remedy ”.
Van Dijk is a member of Coöperatie Laatste Wil, or Last Will Cooperative, which advocates for more liberal legislation and offers advice to people who wish to end their own life.
Prosecutors are already investigating the organization into allegations that people attending its meetings purchased a deadly drug known as Agent X, a claim that has been denied.
Police arrested a 28-year-old man from Eindhoven in July on suspicion of selling “suicide pills” to hundreds of people. Prosecutors said at least six people had died from the drugs allegedly supplied by the man, named only Alex S, who was also a member of the cooperative.
Van Dijk revealed in his interview that he suggested people attending the organization’s meetings to stay after the moderator left so he could sell them the drug for € 50 (£ 42) a dose.
“I have carefully provided people who wish to be in control of their own end of life with the means to end their life at a time of their choosing in the future,” he said. “I am a supplier. I have supplied Agent X to over 100 people.
Assisted suicide is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of three years.
Coöperatie Laatse Wil president Jos van Wijk was arrested and detained for a day last month on suspicion of involvement in a criminal organization.
Van Dijk told De Volkskrant that he got involved in the cooperative, founded in 2013, after his wife died of dementia.