No crime, acquit Cappato for DJ Fabo

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Milan prosecutors on Wednesday requested that right-to-die activist Marco Cappato be acquitted over him helping a blind, tetraplegic Italian ex-DJ commit assisted suicide in Switzerland last year.

They field a petition requesting a ruling on the constitutionality of Italy's law banning assisted suicide, judicial sources said.

Cappato is on trial for helping Fabiano Antoniani, aka Dj Fabo, end his life at the Dignitas clinic.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that no crime had been committed, judicial sources said.

Cappato told the trial last month that people undergoing "terrible suffering with irreversible illnesses" have the right to "choose how to die; that is a fundamental human right".

Prosecutor Sara Arduini told the court that "Marco Cappato had no role in the executive phase of the assisted suicide of Fabiano Antoniani, and he did not even reinforce his intention to die".

After reiterating several times that Dj Fabo's desire to kill himself was "as strong as granite" since he had lost all hope of even the slightest improvement in his life, Arduini said Cappato had "indeed delayed Dj Fabo's plan by trying to involve him in his political struggle to try to give him a new perspective on life," judicial sources said.

Arduini and her colleague Tiziana Siciliano went on to argue that the court of assizes should ask for a ruling on the constitutionality of Article 580 of Italy's criminal code, banning assisted suicide.

In her summing up, Siciliano cited English humanist and philosopher Thomas More's Ideal City, saying "five hundred years ago it was said that if human suffering is intolerable there is a right to interrupt it applying the prudent control of the priest and magistrate, the religious authority and the State", judicial sources said.

She added: "Thomas More was executed because of his ideas but then he was made a saint.

"I don't want this for Cappato, to be first executed and then beatified".

Siciliano voiced the hope that there would not be "a guilty verdict followed by a revision of the trial".

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