VICTORIA, British Columbia, August 26, 2004 ( – Evelyn Martens, 73, a notorious Canadian euthanasia campaigner arrested and released on bail in 2002 for assisting in the suicides of two B.C. women, has likely broken the conditions of her release.

Martens, whose trial is set to commence September 20, 2004, was forbidden to own a computer, to have any access to the Internet, and was forbidden to cooperate in any way with providing information or means to allow people to commit suicide as conditions for her bail release. In an e-mail released to, it appears likely that she has contravened the conditions of her release.  An e-mail attributed to Martens dated August 24, 2004, states, “Due to circumstances beyond its control, L R Publications [Martens’ clearing-house for suicide accessories] in Victoria, Canada, can no longer supply any information or equipment. Thus the information on page 140 of ‘Final Exit’ refers to a service and a PO Box number which is now closed.” She adds, “Footnote: Currently, there is no other source for these items. But the use of an ordinary plastic bag as outlined in Chapter 23 works just as well; it merely requires a little more preparation.”  Martens, of Langford, B.C., appeared in Duncan provincial court July 2, 2002, charged in connection with two assisted suicides. In June 2002, she helped Leyanne Burchell, 52, kill herself in Vancouver. On June 27 she was charged for counselling and helping Monique Charest of Duncan, a former nun originally from Quebec, to end her life in January that year.  Read related the and Interim reports:  B.C. Woman Charged For Two Assisted Suicides Euthanasia Prevention Group Demands Lifting of Publication Ban On Euthanasia Activist Murder Trial   tv