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Marc Kajouji becomes a suicide prevention advocate after his sister, Nadia, dies by assisted suicide

by | Sep 10, 2014


By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

World suicide prevention dayYesterday, an ex-nurse from Minnesota, was found guilty of attempting to assist the suicide of Canadian teen, Nadia Kajouji in 2008. Today is world suicide prevention day.

An Associated Press story stated that:

“Evidence in the case showed Melchert-Dinkel was obsessed with suicide and sought out depressed people online. He posed as a suicidal female nurse, feigning compassion and offering step-by-step instructions on how they could kill themselves. He acknowledged participating in online chats about suicide with up to 20 people and entering into fake suicide pacts with about 10, five of whom he believed killed themselves.”

Melchert-Dinkel wanted to watch Nadia Kajouji commit suicide on front of her webcam.

Marc Kajouji

Marc Kajouji

Marc Kajouji, who has become a suicide prevention advocate with the suicide prevention group “Your Life Counts” told the Ottawa Citizen that William Melchert-Dinkel’s conviction

“It doesn’t change anything, I still have lost my sister, but at least there’s some sort of followup and a way to highlight the issue because there isn’t a voice for the 4,000 other families in Canada that go through this (suicide)”

Marc Kajouji went on to say, according to the Ottawa Citizen, that “he has never felt a need for justice following his sister’s death, but that hasn’t stopped him from wanting systemic change.”

“It’s tough, because I wish there were better checks and balances in the system such as the medicine she was on, the different things the school could have done, or the privacy act, or Internet regulations, so I don’t direct it at any one person or outlet,” he said. “I do feel that it’s an overall umbrella of an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Harold Albrecht, MP with Marc Kajouji

Harold Albrecht, MP with Marc Kajouji

Kajouji is waiting for Nadia’s case to affect Canadian law. The Ottawa Citizen reported:

“(Motion 388) was ‘Nadia’s Law’ that was passed unanimously in the House of Commons and it’s just sitting on a shelf collecting dust.”

According to the Ottawa Citizen

“The motion was to frame the euthanasia and assisted suicide debate by making sure the federal government clarified Section 241 of the Criminal Code, which outlaws counselling or aiding suicide, to apply to online predators looking to encourage or assist suicide.”

Section 241 of the Criminal Code, Canada’s assisted suicide act, is being challenged in the courts by the euthanasia lobby. In June 2012, Justice Lynn Smith, of the BC court, struck down Section 241 as unconstitutional. In October 2013, the BC Court of Appeal overturned Justice Smith’s flawed decision and on October 15, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the challenge to Section 241 and the Criminal Code provisions that protect Canadians from euthanasia.

If the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down Canada’s assisted suicide laws, then any protection in law for teenagers like Nadia Kajouji will also be removed. Canada’s assisted suicide laws equally protect all Canadians from others who would aid, counsel or encourage a vulnerable person to suicide.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is intervening at the Supreme Court of Canada on October 15 in the assisted suicide/euthanasia case (Carter case). EPC is urging the Supreme Court to uphold the laws protecting people from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Categories: Assisted Suicide