Se trata de Ray Gosling, de 70 años, quien dijo en público que asistió a quitarse la vida a quien era su amante, quien estaba internado en muy grave estado por Sida. El hecho ocurrió hace varias décadas.

Un veterano presentador de la televisión y la radio británica estaba siendo investigado este martes por la policía tras haber confesado en la BBC que abrevió la vida de un ex amante que se estaba muriendo de sida hace varias décadas.

Ray Gosling, conocido por sus documentales de temática social para la BBC, dijo que puso fin a los días del hombre, no identificado, cuando éste se hallaba ingresado gravemente enfermo en el hospital en «los comienzos del sida», probablemente los años 80.

La confesión del presentador, de 70 años de edad, atiza un poco más el debate sobre si se debe autorizar o no el suicidio asistido para las personas aquejadas de enfermedades terminales en Gran Bretaña.

A principios de mes, el popular escritor de fantasía y ciencia ficción Terry Pratchett, enfermo de Alzheimer, propuso que se crearan tribunales de eutanasia con el poder de autorizar a los
allegados de enfermos incurables a ayudarles a poner fin a su vida.

Las revelaciones de Gosling se produjeron en un programa de la BBC dedicado a esta polémica cuestión. La policía de Nottinghamshire, el condado del centro de Inglaterra donde reside el presentador, anunció que iba a investigar.

«En un hospital una tarde calurosa, el doctor dijo No podemos hacer nada y él estaba terriblemente dolorido», dijo en el programa, difundido el lunes.

«Le dije al doctor: Déjeme sólo un rato y se fue», explicó antes de afirmar: «Cogí la almohada y lo asfixié hasta que estuvo muerto».

Gosling dijo este martes en una emotiva entrevista en la radio BBC que mató a su ex amante en cumplimiento de «un acuerdo».

«Teníamos un acuerdo de que si llegaba a este punto terminaría con su vida, y eso fue lo que hice», explicó.

El suicidio asistido es ilegal en Inglaterra y en Gales, y puede acarrear penas de hasta 14 años de prisión.

La justicia británica aportó en septiembre pasado algunas aclaraciones a esta ley al anunciar que las personas que ayudan a un allegado a morir probablemente no enfrentarán acciones judiciales si este gesto está motivado por la compasión o si el deseo del enfermo no deja lugar a dudas.

Pero los defensores del suicidio asistido piden todavía más claridad.
Sus detractores, en cambio, afirman que cualquier modificación de la ley pondría a los enfermos graves o terminales en una posición vulnerable.

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