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'Change of focus' on assisted suicide law

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The Director of Public Prosecutions, Kier Starmer QC, is to set out full guidance on the law on assisted suicide in England and Wales.

He will explain what factors might mitigate against someone being prosecuted for helping another person to die.

"There has been a change of focus," Mr Starmer told the Today programme.

"We're now concentrating very much on the acts and the motives of the suspect rather than the characteristics - for want of a better word, of the victim."

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