Νew allegations of abuse against detained immigrant at the Omonoia Police Station
Posted by clandestina on 23 November 2009
source/adopted from: Athens Indymedia, a communique by the Network of Support to Immigrants and Refugees
Νew allegations of torture against detained immigrant at the Omonoia police station
[...] On Friday 20 November, immigrant detainee Bin Taher Mohammed collapsed at the Athens courts. His condition was such that he was immidiately driven by ambulance to the hospital. As reported by his fellow detainees (and later confirmed by himself), Mohammed Bin Taher had been savagely beaten by police personnel at the Omonoia Police Station. These complaints were forwrded to lawyer Gianna Kurtovik who visited the detainee on Saturday, November 21 at the same Police Station, where he had been tranferred again.
This new complaint of torture against immigrants adds to a long series of abuse incidents at the Omonoia Police Station. We all recall the famous video that showed police officers tormenting detained immigrants. But apart from physical violence, the very conditions of detention there constitute torture. About 70 people are crammed for up to 4 months into detention cells which at best could accomodate 1 / 3 of them, with no yard to go outdoors. [...]