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Kenneth Law, a man from the Toronto area, , police say, mailed a potentially deadly substance to suicidal people. (Archive photo)
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L& ;#x27;Ontarian Kenneth Law will face 14 counts of first-degree murder for assisting suicide, confirms his lawyer, Matthew Gourlay, who adds that his client will plead not guilty.
The 14 counts of second-degree murder that the man from Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, faced are thus upgraded to counts of first-degree murder, his lawyer tells CBC.
The 58-year-old accused operated, say the police, multiple websites selling sodium nitrite to somewhat suicidal people around the world.
This substance is used as a food preservative, but it can be poisonous in high doses.
According to investigators, Kenneth Law sent at least 1,200 packages to more than 40 countries.
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He also faces 14 counts in Ontario for having, according to authorities, advised people to take their own lives or helped them to do so.
His next court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday in Newmarket north of Toronto.
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Ontario police are collaborating with Scotland Yard and the FBI, among others, as part of their investigation.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Investigator Simon James of the York Regional Police indicated last December that the investigation was ongoing and that investigators were constantly re-evaluating the evidence.
In December, British police said they had identified 90 deceased people who allegedly purchased products from websites related to Kenneth Law.
His court appearances in Ontario have always been banned of publication since his arrest in spring 2023.
With information from CBC News