Doctors block Belgian murderer's euthanasia

January 6, 2015 3:57 PM

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Doctors in Belgium have rejected an imprisoned murderer and rapist's request for medically assisted suicide, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday, less than a week before he was due to receive a lethal injection.

Justice Minister Koen Geens told local media last week that Frank Van Den Bleeken, serving a life sentence, would receive the injection on Jan. 11, after the ministry consented to his euthanasia request in September.

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