Euthanasia has been granted to a prisoner condemned to life imprisonment in Belgium but it has been cancellated because “the decision of doctors treating Frank Van Den Bleeken to no longer continue the euthanasia procedure”, said Koen Geens, the Belgian justice minister . “The Telegraph, 06 Jan 2015). Instead the killer, who is serving a life sentence will be transferred to a psychiatric prison. The ethical objection of the doctors attending the prisioner saved Frank Van Den Bleeken from death.
Frank van den Bleeken is a Belgian prisoner who was condemned to life imprisonment when he was 20 years old for the rape and murder of a young 19-year-old woman. Now 50-years-old, van den Bleeken does not suffer physical pain, nor is he in the terminal stage of any illness. However, after spending three decades in prison, he considers that his life is not worth living, and for this reason requested euthanasia, arguing unbearable mental anguish.
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