(Right Country) – Officials in Switzerland have confirmed that prisoners in their nation will be allowed to undergo assisted suicide.
This came after a request from an imprisoned child rapist, who apparently is more clear-minded about what his fate should be for his heinous crime than the judge who sentenced him.
Why is anyone anywhere who has committed that offense not promptly executed?
Michael Robinson, SPUC Director of Communications said that “When convicted of a crime, one should serve the sentence due. A child rapist should not have the option to opt out via assisted suicide.”
Peter Vogt was imprisoned in 1996 after he spent decades sexually assaulting girls as young as ten. Vogt now claims to be suffering from heart and kidney problems, and has applied to die at a Swiss assisted suicide clinic.
Earlier this year the child rapist wrote a letter to seemingly manipulate his way out of a life-long prison sentence via assisted suicide. Vogt’s letter stated that “It would be better to be dead than to be left to vegetate behind these walls…Nobody should have to commit suicide in his cell alone.”
Prison officials have now confirmed that assisted suicide should be available to prisoners although the operational procedures have still to be confirmed.
“Permitting assisted suicide is fundamentally wrong and perversely creates a scenario where some prisoners choose to die whilst European nations uphold strong prohibitions on the death penalty for other prisoners,” Robin says.
Meanwhile, the death penalty is banned in the European nation.
PG Action explains:
The Swiss Constitution forbids the use of the death penalty. Capital punishment was abolished in civil courts in 1942, and in military courts in 1992.
No execution has been carried out since the Second World War. The Swiss government supports efforts by civil society, including PGA, to promote abolition throughout the world. Switzerland has ratified both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 1992, and its Second Optional Protocol aiming at the abolition of the death penalty (ICCPR-OP2) in 1994.