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Euthanasia machine seized

Canberra, Jan. 10 (Reuters): Customs officers confiscated a “death machine” from Australian euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke today as he prepared to board a flight to the US to unveil his latest invention.

A spokesman for the Australian customs service said several items were seized from a passenger at Sydney airport as they contravened legislation that prevents the export of goods designed to assist people commit suicide.

“These were taken off a passenger but we don’t want to pre-empt what action could be taken as investigations are ongoing,” said customs spokesman Leon Bedington. “The passenger continued on to the US.”

Nitschke told reporters the machine was taken from his bags. Nitschke, who has helped several terminally ill people end their lives, was due to present his device at a national euthanasia conference.

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