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An Abridged History of Violence: Notable Cases of Abuse by the Austrian Police

May 1999 Markus Omofuma The 25-year-old Nigerian suffocates after being bound and gagged by Austrian immigration police on a deportation flight to Sofia, Bulgaria, a procedure that investigations later reveal was common. The three police officers responsible receive suspended sentences for causing death through negligence. They are allowed to continue in service. April/May 2000 Richard […]

Re-sentencing in Bakary J. Case

The four Viennese police officers convicted of abusing an asylum seeker now face renewed suspension following a decision in the Austrian Administrative Court on Oct. 27 stating that their sentences were too mild. Following an incident dating back to April 2006, the four officers from the specialist WEGA unit were convicted of cruelty to a […]

Rough Justice

The first case of police torture in Austria since the end of Nazi Rule was recorded in April 2006 by the Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, an international, non-governmental watchdog organization. A cancelled deportation of a Gambian citizen, Bakary J., from Vienna International Airport had triggered a series of events described unmistakably as torture carried […]

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