- It is an offence to encourage or assist a suicide or a suicide attempt in England and Wales.
- Anyone doing so could face up to 14 years in prison.
- To date, more than 100 UK citizens have travelled to Dignitas in Switzerland to die.
- Although some cases have been considered by the DPP, no relative has yet been prosecuted.
In February 2010 the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer published draft guidance to outline the factors that would determine whether someone would be prosecuted for assisting a suicide.
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