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Man admits killing Dutch ex-minister over euthanasia law

Published 04/02/2016

Els Borst was stabbed to death at her home. (AP)
Els Borst was stabbed to death at her home. (AP)

A man accused of killing a former Dutch health minister has admitted the crime, claiming it was an "order from God" because she was responsible for the Netherlands' euthanasia law.

Rotterdam Court spokesman Pelle Biesmeijer said the suspect, identified only as Bart van U because of privacy rules, made the confession during a closed hearing.

Former health minister Els Borst, who drafted the nation's landmark 2002 law legalising euthanasia, was stabbed to death at her home two years ago.

The leader of Borst's D66 party, Alexander Pechtold, said his "worst fears have been realised". He said Borst was killed "because of her socially and politically groundbreaking work on euthanasia."

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