Athens: suspicious death of a Nigerian man in Omonia police station
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On Tuesday 26 February several anti-racist collectives and migrant associations organised a demonstration in downtown Athens to demand truth over the death of Ebuka Mamashoubek, a 34-year old Nigerian father-of-two, at the police station of Omonia.
Some 1,000 demonstrators marched to the Omonia police station, chanting slogans such as "Justice for Ebuka" and demanding that light be shed on the case.
On Friday 8 February Ebuka Mamashoubek was arrested and taken to the Omonia police station for an identity check. Two hours later he breathed his last breath after suffering a pulmonary edema, according to an initial forensic report.
The police twice denied having arrested Mamashoubek and knowingly concealed his death from his wife, who had approached the police station after beginning to worry about her husband's whereabouts.
Given a long history of police violence and impunity, many suspect the young man died as a result of an arrest that was overly-forceful. However, the cause of death can only be confirmed by a biopsy report and histological.
Moreover, the Omonia police station is known as a hotspot for racist, anti-migrant violence and several such incidents have previously been reported by victims - aggravating circumstances, include the deliberate concealment of the young man's death for 24 hours and the refusal to give any information about him to his family.
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efsyn.gr, 26 February 2019
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