Belgium Euthanasia and Capital Punishment

By Alex Schadenberg
International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Frank van den Bleeken

Frank van den Bleeken

Last January, Frank van den Bleeken, who was convicted of rape and murder in Belgium, requested death by lethal injection (euthanasia) for reasons of psychological suffering.

On Saturday, a Belgian news agency reported that van den Bleeken euthanasia request was recently approved, a story that also opened a media controversy concerning privacy rights. van den Bleeken is the first Belgian prisoner, who is not terminally ill, to die by euthanasia. The Belgian news article also reported that another Belgian prisoner who has currently served 27 years for murdering 2 people, has also asked to die by lethal injection (euthanasia).

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