Three doctors cleared in Belgium euthanasia case

BRUSSELS (AFP) – A Belgian jury yesterday cleared three doctors accused of murder in a euthanasia case in a landmark trial in a country that legalised assisted dying nearly two decades ago.

The prosecution said the doctors had not respected the conditions for euthanasia in the case of Tine Nys, a 38-year-old Belgian woman who asserted her right to die in 2010 because of severe mental suffering.

The Belga news agency reported that the jury at the court in the northwestern city of Ghent acquitted the doctors of poisoning Nys, prompting members of the public present to burst into sustained applause, drawing a rebuke from the judge.