Immigrants tortured and "disappeared" by Greek police after a raid August 22, 2011 - torturés et disparus par la police grecque

CMAQ via Mic, Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 13:37

John Gouvas, Sociologist – Graduate researcher of Law

[ Résumé français par Mic du CMAQ:
   Des Kurdes réfugiés et des personnes immigrantes ont été blessés et auraient été torturés par la police grecque le 22 août 2011 lors d'un raid policier.  Des gens interpellés par leur cause sont sans nouvelle de ces personnes, alors que les Kurdes seraient des réfugiés par défaut.  Un universitaire grec en droit lance donc un appel à l'aide.]

Medical treatment and legal aid is required for the irregular migrants (at least three of them are of Kurdish origin; therefore, may very well be prima facie refugees) who are being detained after the raid of the Greek police in Egoumenitsa, Greece on 22 August 2011.

One of the victims (an irregular migrant allegedly from Morocco who may also very well be either a refugee or stateless) was arrested at the hospital where he had gone in order to receive treatment after having been tortured during the aforementioned raid. The wounds inflicted upon him are depicted at the photographs provided at the following link of the Athens Indymedia Organisation along with pertinent information (provided in Greek language):

The two pictures which focus on the head (of another victim) with stiches above the ear depict wounds reported to have been received by tear gas riffle-grenades shot at a straight line to the heads of protesters from a distance of 10 metres, by the forces of the Greek police during the protests which took place on May 2011.

Allow me to invite your attention to the fact that there has been no update since 22 August 2011 as regards both the aforementioned victim of tortures and the rest of the detainees who have also been tortured during the aforementioned raid.

The authors of the original post (in Athens Indymedia Organisation) contacted the Office of The High Commission for Refugees in Greece and saved the life of an Iraqi Kurdish who has been suffering from an extremely serious health condition caused by an American bomb thrown during the last war.

It has still not been made known whether the aforementioned migrant has been awarded refugee status despite the fact that he, too, has been a prima facie refugee.


John Gouvas
Sociologist – Graduate researcher of Law

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