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WFRtDS denounces indictment of Luca Coscione’s Marco Cappato for assistance with suicide of DJ Fabio

Geneva, 1 March 2017


When 39-year old Fabiano Antoniani – in Italy a famous DJ – had lost his sight, and became fully paralysed after a serious car-accident, he tried to persuade the Italian Government to adapt a law, in order for him “… to terminate this agony and choose for a quiet humane death”. Despite repeated requests, he did not receive a positive reaction. He then had no other choice but ask for help by going the “Swiss route” and have his life terminated in Switzerland in a peaceful way.

Former politician Marco Cappato assisted Fabio on his request in realising his last wish by taking him to Switzerland. On return, Cappato reported to the police and was indicted. Assistance with suicide may in Italy lead to maximal 12-year imprisonment.

The World Federation of Right to Die Societies

  • ·         commemorates a courageous Italian who after having his requests denied at home, sought the assistance necessary to travel to Switzerland to end his agonies;
  • ·         urges the Italian Government to listen to the voices of the Italians and adapt the law to one that recognises the choice to conditionally terminate one’s life on request;
  • ·         denounces publicly the indictment of Marco Cappato, currently one of the directors of WF member society Luca Coscione, for an act that must be considered as humane, certainly not as a criminal one.

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will be held in Cape Town South Africa from 6 to 9 September 2018.  Updates - when available - will be published on this site.

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The World Federation

The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 52 right to die organizations from 22 countries. The Federation provides an international link for organizations working to secure or protect the rights of individuals to self-determination at the end of their lives.

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