Psychologist's role in suicide probed

May 17, 2006 at 3:32 AM
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TORONTO, May 17 (UPI) -- A Canadian psychologist has been summoned to appear before a review board over his role in the 2004 assisted suicide of his friend in Switzerland.

The case raises the question of whether a Canadian psychologist may be permitted to participate in an assisted suicide in another country, the Toronto Star reported.

The psychologist, Peter Marshall, accompanied a friend to Switzerland and stayed with her as Dignitas, an assisted suicide group, helped her end her life. Later he wrote a letter to the National Post in which he described his trip to Zurich with his seriously ill friend.

A colleague in the Ontario College of Psychologists, after reading his letter in the newspaper, filed a complaint about Marshall's involvement in his friend's death.

Now Marshall, a recognized author and public speaker, is scheduled to appear at a hearing Wednesday before the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.

In Canada, suicide is a crime punishable by a maximum 14 years in prison.

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