June 30, 1998 |
Despondent while awaiting the verdict in his war crimes trial, a Serb indicted in a 1991 massacre of 200 people hanged himself in his cell, the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslav federation said. Slavko Dokmanovic's trial had ended Thursday, and a verdict was expected within two weeks. Dokmanovic, the former mayor of the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar, pleaded not guilty and faced up to life imprisonment if convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1997
Katherine Dowling (Commentary, Oct. 28) refers to the euthanasia practice in the Netherlands. I recently moved from that country, and though I certainly would not comment on all the prejudices that exist in this country about "liberal" policies in Holland, this article calls for a reaction. Doctors in the Netherlands do not think that it is OK to suggest euthanasia to patients, unless there is a really serious situation. They call this "suffering without any prospect." And they certainly do not suggest that "you should consider killing yourself" just like that.
February 10, 1993 |
The Netherlands on Tuesday adopted a euthanasia law establishing one of the world's most liberal guidelines for mercy killings in a move that legally acknowledges a widespread practice that has been quietly accepted for years. The 91-45 vote in the lower house of Parliament promised immunity to physicians who follow official euthanasia guidelines but stopped short of the full legalization that liberals had advocated. The law is to take effect early next year.