Italy's Constitutional Court will hear a controversial case of assisted suicide of a famous Italian DJ, which involved a pro-euthanasia campaigner, local media said on Wednesday.
Radical party member and pro-euthanasia activist Marco Cappato was under trial in Milan on charge of assisting suicide, after helping Fabiano Antoniani -- known as DJ Fabo -- to go to a clinic in Switzerland to voluntary undergo a procedure of assisted dying in February 2017.
The procedure is illegal in Italy, and the charge can carry a penalty of five to 12 years in jail. On Wednesday, the court announced it would not sentence the pro-euthanasia campaigner, because he did not reinforce DJ Fabo's purpose to die, Ansa news agency reported.
Furthermore, the judges sent the case to the constitutional court, asking it to evaluate if the assisted suicide offence is really in accordance with the Italian constitution.
"A person must be recognized the freedom to decide how to die and when," Ansa cited Milan's judges as saying in their statement.
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