News in brief

30 October 2008

Woman loses assisted-suicide case
DEBBIE Purdy, who sought clarification by a judicial review of the law on assisted suicide, has lost her case. Ms Purdy, who has MS, had sought guarantees that her husband, Omar Puente, would not be prosecuted if he helped her go to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland to end her life. Speaking after the verdict, Lord Justice Scott Baker said only Parliament could change the law in this area. The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, has warned against relaxing the law (News, 10 October).

Bishop appeals over asylum
THE Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd George Cassidy, appealed this week to the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, to reconsider the case of a family from Pakistan who could face persecution if they are deported. Julian Singh has been involved in ministry at St Stephen with St Paul’s, Hyson Green. He and his wife and son fled Pakistan two years ago to escape blasphemy laws, but their asylum application has been rejected. Barring a reprieve, they were to have been returned to Pakistan yesterday.

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