Claim of euthanasia on Crete is probed

A coroner in Hania, Crete, on Saturday conducted a post-mortem on the body of a pensioner after it had been exhumed due to allegations that a nurse helped the elderly woman to die. The unnamed pensioner died at a hospital in Hania on September 14. She had been admitted suffering from heart problems. Authorities dug up her body after it was alleged that her death was a case of euthanasia, police said. The woman’s age was not made public and it was not clear who made the claim to authorities. The male nurse alleged to have been involved denied any part in the affair and threatened to sue his accusers. Deputy Health Minister Thanassis Yiannopoulos visited the hospital over the weekend for talks with its director. He said that all details of the accusation would be fully investigated.