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Euthanasia checkpoint referred to IPCA

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/10/2016

A breath-testing checkpoint operation set up to identify people attending a voluntary euthanasia meeting in Lower Hutt has been referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Acting Wellington District Commander Inspector Paul Basham says police acknowledge the concerns regarding the checkpoint, which was near an Exit International meeting earlier this month.

"I reiterate our earlier comments that this operation was carried out in good faith and for good reasons," he said on Wednesday.

"Police have a responsibility to investigate any situation where we have reasonable grounds to suspect that persons are being assisted in the commission of suicide."

However, Insp Basham said he was also aware of concerns around the legal basis for the checkpoint and it was appropriate that police notified the IPCA of the matter.

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