Death in German police custody "unfortunate"
15 May 2006, ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Monday described the recent death of a 28-year old Pakistani Amir Cheema in German police custody as "unfortunate" but hoped that the "tragic" incident would not have any negative impact on its relations with Germany.
15 May 2006
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Monday described the recent death of a 28-year old Pakistani Amir Cheema in German police custody as "unfortunate" but hoped that the "tragic" incident would not have any negative impact on its relations with Germany.
"Pakistan and German have multi-faceted relations and we hope that the tragic incident will not have any negative impact on our relations," foreign ministry spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told a press briefing in Islamabad.
Cheema was buried in his ancestral village in Pakistan's central Punjab province on after his body was flown to Lahore from Berlin on Saturday.
Over 15,000 people including Cheema's family members, friends, relatives and activists of different Islamic groupings representing Sunni Muslims had attended the funeral rites in Saroki village.
Spokesperson Aslam said Pakistani investigators, who went to Berlin last week, were given access to every place and person, adding they will submit their report on their return to Pakistan.
Cheema's parents, friends and relatives alleged that he was killed by the German police.
However, one of Germany's top pathologists, Volkmar Schneider, performed the autopsy last Wednesday and found that the injuries were consistent with suicide. Police also said Cheema hanged himself with a noose made from his own clothing.
A resident of Rawalpindi, Cheema was arrested in Berlin on March 20 after he reportedly tried to enter the offices of the German newspaper Die Welt.
He was accused of trying to kill Die Welt's editor-in-chief Roger Koeppel because the newspaper had printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
German police said they had also recovered a knife from Cheema, who was a student of textile engineering in Moenchengladbach and had gone to Berlin to see relatives. dpa nj ds
Subject: German news