[ 11. Mar 2002 ]

Germany: border police officers charged

In Germany, in the middle of February 2002, the Frankfurt public prosecutor's office preferred charges of causing death by culpable negligence against three officers of the Federal Border Patrol.


In May 1999 the officers accompanied the Sudanese Aamir Ageeb - who strongly resisted them - on a flight from Frankfurt to Khartoum. According to investigations, they pressed the bound man into his chair with such force that he suffocated. The charges are based on the expert opinion of a court pathologist from Munich. The officers, who till now have said nothing to the charges, are threatened with up to five years in prison.