A Canadian man has appeared in courtroom in his dwelling nation after allegedly promoting deadly substances to help folks the world over with suicide – together with within the UK.
Kenneth Law, 57, was arrested in Ontario and charged with two counts of counselling and aiding suicide after allegedly promoting 1,200 packages to 40 nations.
The National Crime Agency stated it had launched its personal probe into the deaths of 88 folks within the UK who purchased merchandise from Canada-based web sites promoting substances to help with suicide.
Law can also be being investigated by police within the United States, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.
On Friday, the defendant appeared briefly in courtroom in Brampton, Ontario, earlier than the listening to was adjourned to September 8.
In whole, 272 people within the UK have been recognized as having bought merchandise from the web sites in a two-year interval as much as April 2023.
The NCA stated 88 of these folks have died.
The legislation enforcement company added that “at this early stage there are no confirmed links between the items purchased from the websites and cause of death in any of these cases”.
National Crime Agency deputy director Craig Turner stated: “Our deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of those who have died. They are being supported by specially trained officers from police forces.
“In consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, the NCA has taken the decision to conduct an investigation into potential criminal offences committed in the UK. This operation is under way.”
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