Belgian expat dies after arrest by Spainish police
9 February 2006, BARCELONA — Spanish police have said a man who died after being arrested in Marbella was a Belgian national and lived in the seaside resort town.
9 February 2006
BARCELONA — Spanish police have said a man who died after being arrested in Marbella was a Belgian national and lived in the seaside resort town.
Liever Franz Herman de Wilde, who died on Monday from a suspected heart attack, was not identified for two days despite police contacting hotels in the Costa del Sol town.
He was carrying no papers or a wallet and was dressed only in tracksuit bottoms or pyjamas.
Police said Wilde was a Belgian citizen, 44, who lived on the so-called Golden Mile.
On Monday, he had just come off the beach when officers tried to detain him for annoying members of the public.
During a struggle, witnesses said officers repeatedly hit Wilde.
One said a police officer struck him against a post and a car when he was not resisting arrest.
Other witnesses said minutes later an officer put his knee against Wilde's throat and pushed it hard against the ground.
Members of the public were said to have joined in the attack.
An ambulance was called, but Wilde died at the scene.
Four police and two members of the public appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with the case, but were later released on conditional bail.
The officers have been suspended from duty.
The officers might face charges of 'imprudent murder', otherwise known as manslaughter.
A judge has opened a legal investigation into Wilde's death.
Marbella police chief Rafael del Pozo said officers received two calls at about 2pm about a man dressed only in pyjama trousers who was allegedly annoying passers-by in the centre of the town.
Pozo said he was "semi-naked and insulting people who passed him". He said when police tried to detain Wilde, he resisted arrest.
The police chief Pozo added that because Wilde was overweight, other officers were called in to bring him under control.
But when officers handcuffed Wilde, he appeared to suffer some form of attack and by the time an ambulance arrived, he had died.
British diplomats in Spain had tried to identify Wilde after it was first reported he was British.
[Copyright Expatica 2006]
Subject: Spanish news + Belgian news