In the first broadcast interview he has given in five years, the Swiss founder of the controversial assisted suicide service Dignitas has defended suicide as a "marvellous possibility". In an interview with the BBC, Luigi Minelli said that "Suicide is a very good possibility to escape a situation which you can't alter." And he dismissed the notion that his service should only be available to the terminally ill: "It is not a condition to have a terminal illness. Terminal illness is a British obsession. We are not a clinic. As a human rights lawyer I am opposed to the idea of paternalism. We do not make decisions for other people."