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No charges for Nitschke over SA death

AAP logoAAP 2/08/2016

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke won't be charged over the death of a terminally ill man, who took his own life in an Adelaide motel room two years ago.

Police have completed their investigation into the death of cancer sufferer Max Bromson, who died in Glenelg in 2014 surrounded by family members after taking a lethal dose of an imported barbiturate.

Mr Bromson, a Voluntary Euthanasia Party senate candidate, had said he was living with chronic pain and wanted the right to end his life peacefully at the appropriate time.

Dr Nitschke was questioned by police over the death, after saying the 66-year-old used a drug that had been tested at the Adelaide laboratory of Exit International, a pro-euthanasia organisation.

While no charges were made at the time, the investigation has remained opened, with a statement from the South Australian Police on Tuesday bringing it to a close.

SA Police says it sought advice from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions about the possibility of laying charges.

"The Director of Public Prosecutions advised that no charges should be laid. The South Australian Police, who have advised the relevant parties of this, are in full support of the decision," the statement read.

The police will submit a report on their investigation to state coroner Mark Johns.

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