Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MS Victim Says DPP Is Suicide Law 'Coward'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

MS Victim Says DPP Is Suicide Law 'Coward'

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

A MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer today told why she is asking the High Court to clarify the law on "assisted suicide" so she can go abroad to die.

Debbie Purdy's human rights case is expected to provide a landmark ruling for terminally ill people who want the help of another to die, which is currently illegal.

She fears that her husband, professional musician Omar Puente, could face prosecution if he helps her to end her life in a foreign country where assisted suicide is legal.

Ms Purdy, 45, says it means she will be forced to travel alone to Switzerland, such is her determination to have an "assisted death".

Ms Purdy told GMTV that she wanted clarity on how much help her husband could legally give her.

She said: "I'm not prepared for him to face the prospect of prosecution so that means I have to be physically able to go to Switzerland by myself." She accused the Director of Public

Prosecutions of "cowardice" for refusing to give guidance on the law on suicide. …

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