Guilt has been established, but he will not serve a sentence. In May 2022, a veterinarian was acquitted after being prosecuted for "forgery and use of forged documents" for writing false prescriptions that led to the suicide of a friend with Charcot's disease. On Thursday, he was found guilty on appeal in Angers and exempted from punishment. The 59-year-old friend with the incurable neurodegenerative disease was found dead in his home on May 21, 2019. His autopsy revealed the presence of a lethal molecule derived from veterinary euthanasia products.
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A judicial investigation for murder and attempted murder had been opened against the veterinarian, charges that were eventually dropped during the investigation. The doctor, who is in his 2022s, was eventually prosecuted for providing false prescriptions. In <>, he was acquitted of "forgery and use of forged documents", but the prosecution appealed.
'There is legislative hypocrisy'
At the hearing before the criminal court, the practitioner explained that he had "initially refused" to respond to his friend's request before finally giving in to his distress. He had left a note before taking his own life: "Above all, you must let me go this time."
"If assisted suicide is not punishable by criminal law, it is the means provided that are. There is legislative hypocrisy. We do not dare to condemn assisted suicide, but we prevent it indirectly. This is not up to the standard of a clear debate on the end of life and its ethics," said the defence lawyer, Antoine Barret, at the end of the appeal hearing, held at the end of June.