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February 17, 2018

Lessons from Assisted Suicide Trial of Suzy Austen – March 2018 Update

On 12 February 2018, a court trial involving Exit’s Wellington Chapter Coordinator Suzy Austen took place in the High Court in the New Zealand.

Suzy was charged with importing Nembutal (x2) into NZ and assisting a fellow Exit Member in her suicide.

Suzy Austen after Verdict

The trial concluded on Friday 23 February with Suzy being found guilty of importing Nembutal and not guilty of assisting in a suicide.

Exit Director Philip Nitschke was present in the public gallery of the court each day.

He says the lessons of the trial are so numerous that they deserve in-depth analysis. As such, the March update to The Peaceful Pill eHandbook was devoted to the trial.

Press coverage from the trial can be found below:

* Susan Austen found not guilty of assisted suicide

* Susan Austen trial verdict

* Daughter told of mum’s plans

* Warning letters sent to drug importers

* Dead woman “contented customer”

* Death plans told in diary

* Police bugs record Exit meeting

* High court trial of euthanasia campaigner gets underway