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WA police defend GP murder investigation

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Rebecca Gredley

The WA Police Commissioner has defended the investigation of a Perth GP for murder, saying the police are simply doing their job.

Karl O'Callaghan said on Monday police did not get to make choices about applying the law, no matter what their personal feelings were on a situation.

"I was very surprised that some of our most senior members of parliament came out and criticised their own laws last week," he told ABC radio.

"If you're a politician, back off and let the police do their work, and you do your work. If you want to do something about the laws, do something about the laws.

"My job is to investigate breaches of major laws in WA and that's what I have to continue to do no matter what my personal feelings are."

The investigation was initiated after doctor Alida Lancee publicly admitted she hastened the death of a woman in her 80s, who suffered from end-stage emphysema.

She has encouraged doctors to challenge the laws around euthanasia and advocates for legislation to legalise hastening the death of terminally ill patients.

The decision to prosecute Dr Lancee ultimately lies with the Director of Public Prosecutions based on the police investigation.

Mr O'Callaghan said while the patient's death was not reported to the coroner, the death was reportable as it was potentially unlawful and the coroner might want to adjudicate the case.

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