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A Dutch court sentenced the chairman of an assisted suicide lobby group on 29 May to 10 months in jail, eight suspended, for helping a sick, 80-year-old woman kill herself.

The woman died in November 2007 after taking a lethal dose of pentobarbital, which prosecutors said was supplied to her children by the lobbyist after doctors refused to help her. Her children helped administer the drug, but were not charged.

The lobbyist, who is not named in court documents, was found guilty of having contravened Dutch euthanasia rules, which determine that only a doctor may perform such acts.

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