Thursday, June 28, 2007

Norway will reopen case of Nigerian immigrant's death

Aftenposten:

State officials have ordered a special agency to reopen a probe of alleged police brutality, and investigate more thoroughly the death of immigrant Eugene Obiora.

The original police investigation of Eugene Obiora's death has prompted widespread protests, as did the death itself.

Obiora was a 48-year-old native of Nigeria who died after police in Trondheim used a special maneuver to subdue him, after he'd created a disturbance in a social welfare office.

An internal affairs division within the police (Spesialenheten for politisaker) investigated the death, which has prompted public protests and charges of police brutality. The probe concluded that the officers involved hadn't intentionally carried out any measures that would have stopped or hindered Obiora from breathing. No case was brought against the officers.

Now the state's Director General of Public Prosecutions (Riksadvokaten) has said it needs more information on the case, and wants more thorough questioning of witnesses, the police officers involved and what the police knew about the risks of using a controversial grip around his throat that led to his suffocation.

"The goal is to gather more information... to evaluate whether any offenses have been committed on the part of the police," said state prosecutor Tor-Aksel Busch on Thursday afternoon.

Of course, if the Nigerian knew how to behave himself in public he would still be alive today but no one seems to be interested in that fact.

3 Comments:

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trondheim, Norway is a place I remember well from my first and last visit to Europe in 1976. It was the month of June and located so far north, it was rather cold.

Who would thought of Nigerians living there 31 yrs. later? Having Traveled extensively throughout the Norway, Sweden and Denmark during that year, I don't recall ever seeing one Black in those countries.

 
At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Alvin said...

I don't recall ever seeing one Black in those countries

The good old days.

 
At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What sad life you racists live...

 

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