German policemen acquitted over Sierra Leonean's death

9th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

State prosecutors said he could have been saved if police had acted fast enough to get him out of the cell.

Dessau -- Two German policemen tried after a Sierra Leonean asylum-seeker burned to death in a police cell were acquitted here Monday.

The victim, 21-year-old Oury Jallow, set a mattress on fire with a cigarette lighter in 2005 while his hands and feet were shackled to the bed.

State prosecutors said he could have been saved if police had acted fast enough to get him out of the cell.

A 46-year-old policeman was charged with bodily harm with fatal consequences and his 44-year-old colleague with manslaughter.

The accused said they tied Jallow's hands and feet because he had been violent after being arrested for drunkenly harassing women.

The case sparked outrage in Germany four years ago, and those attending the trial protested the acquittal.

AFP/Expatica

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