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French mercy killing doctor acquitted

Published on Jun 25, 2014 6:58 PM
 
French former doctor at the Bayonne hospital Nicolas Bonnemaison arrives with his wife Julie at the courthouse of Pau, south-western France, on June 25, 2014, on the last day of his trial for allegedly poisoning seven terminally ill patients in 2010 and 2011 at the Bayonne hospital. He was acquitted on Wednesday after a long, emotionally-charged trial that has revived the highly divisive debate on euthanasia. -- PHOTO: AFP

PAU, France (AFP) - A French doctor who ended the lives of seven terminally-ill patients was acquitted on Wednesday after a long, emotionally-charged trial that has revived the highly divisive debate on euthanasia.

The judge in the southwestern city of Pau announced that Nicolas Bonnemaison "was acquitted of all charges" against him, prompting thunderous applause in the courtroom as the emergency room doctor smiled, holding his lawyer's hand.

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