Italy’s top court is to clarify the country’s position on assisted suicide this Wednesday in a landmark case that has divided public opinion. The constitutional court has been asked to examine the case of Fabiano Antoniani, aka DJ Fabo, a music producer, left tetraplegic and blind by a traffic accident five years ago. Marco Cappato, a member of Italy’s Radical Party, drove Antoniani to Switzerland in February 2017 where he was helped to die, aged 40. Cappato then turned himself in to Italian authorities after his “act of civil disobedience” to highlight what he saw as an unjust law. He pointed out that assisted suicide was reserved for those with the physical and financial means to travel to Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal. He faces up to 12 years in prison, according to the Italian penal code. “I feel like I’m in a cage. I would like to choose to die without suffering,” Antoniani had written to Italian President Sergio Mattarella before his death in Switzerland. Legal void A Milan court is trying Capatto on the charge of “instigating or assisting suicide”, but asked the Italian Constitutional Court to clarify the current law. The court last October gave parliament… Read full this story
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