ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

ALS patient in Kyoto requesting to end her life paid 1 million Yen into physician’s account

The woman paid about 1 million yen account by bank remittance before the incident. The police department is investigating the detailed background to the money transfer.

By Barrier Free Japan & Jiji Press

Content is altered to withhold the names of the suspects

July 24 2020

Kyoto police arrested two doctors on Thursday for allegedly murdering a woman who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the patient’s request.

One of the physicians aged 42, is from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and the second, aged 43, is from Tokyo are suspected of drugging the ALS patient, then 51, to death at the woman’s home in the western Japan city of Kyoto in the evening of Nov. 30 last year, investigative sources said.

According to the Kyoto prefectural police department, the two suspects were not the woman’s attending doctors and were unacquainted with her. They apparently got to know each other through social media.

The woman paid about 1 million yen account by bank remittance before the incident. The police department is investigating the detailed background to the money transfer.

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