Belgian court grants killer rapist the right to be put to death after he argues he cannot overcome his violent sexual impulses

A rapist and murderer is to be put to death in Belgium, despite the EU ban on the death penalty, after a court granted him the right to euthanasia.

Frank Van Den Bleeken argued that he had no prospect of release because he cannot overcome his violent sexual impulses and wants to end years of mental anguish.

Van Den Bleeken, 51, will commit medically assisted suicide at a prison in Bruges this week.

A spokesman for Belgian justice minister Koen Geens told the newspaper De Morgen: ‘Euthanasia will indeed be implemented. The time has come.’

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