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British police free man who confessed to mercy killing of lover dying of AIDS

British documentary maker Ray Gosling was released by police today in Nottinghamshire, England, after being questioned for almost two days in connection with his televised confession of the mercy killing of a lover dying of AIDS.

Gosling, 70, was held overnight and questioned on five occasions by detectives, his lawyer told reporters. He has not been charged with any crime.

Police have a difficult case to prosecute because Gosling has vowed to remain silent on many details of the case, including when the mercy killing occurred and the name of his lover. Still, authorities said Gosling provided ample information that will propel a lengthy investigation.

British newspapers are reporting that the mercy killing occurred about 20 years ago and that Gosling had told intimate friends about it.

The dramatic confession has riveted the British public and stirred an emotional debate about assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Mercy killings are illegal in England and Wales, and those found guilty can be sentenced up to 14 years in jail.

Euthanasia remains a controversial issue in most nations, including the U.S. Since 1997, Oregon has allowed physician-assisted suicide. Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands allow either assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Ken Williams can be reached at ken@sdgln.com or by calling (877) 727-5446, Extension 713.