A Canadian national suspected of providing lethal chemicals to help people take their lives around the world, including in the UK, is now facing 12 more charges.
Kenneth Law, a Canadian citizen, was arrested in Ontario and has been charged with two counts of promoting and enabling suicide. He is accused of selling around 1,200 lethal supplements to approximately 40 countries.
During a news conference on Tuesday, Inspector Simon James of the York Police in Canada said that 11 police units in Ontario are currently investigating the 57-year-old’s behaviour.
The investigator told the media that Law allegedly used websites to spread these lethal chemicals from late 2020. According to the officer, the new charges are specific to the province of Ontario, and each charge applies to a dead individual.
Beyond Canadian borders, the National Crime Agency revealed that it has launched its own investigation into the deaths of 88 people in the UK who had bought items from websites selling chemicals meant to facilitate suicide.
Law is being investigated by authorities in the United States, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.
During two years ending April 2023, 272 people in the United Kingdom were identified as buyers of chemicals via online marketplaces.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) reported that 88 of these people had died.
During the news conference, Inspector James told reporters that the police department keeps in regular contact with law enforcement agencies from other countries.
Before the new accusations emerged, Law appeared in a Brampton, Ontario court on Friday for a brief bail hearing.
The defendant, who lives in Mississauga, Ontario, is expected to appear in court again on September 8.
The public has been urged to be wary of transactions or products carrying the names Imtime Cuisine, AmbuCA, Academic/ACademic, Escape Mode/escMode, and ICemac.
Simon James of the York regional police said: “We ask that the public be cautious and vigilant of online activities,
“If you or anyone you know has spoken to Kenneth Law about self-harm, or noticed payment and transactions related to any of these companies please contact us.”