Probe into immigrant death on deportation flight

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11 June 2007, MADRID - Spanish police are investigating the death of a Nigerian immigrantduring a deportation flight to his country, authorities said Monday.Osamyia Aikpitanhi, 23, died on an Iberia flight on Saturday when he was takento Lagos with three countrymen.The flight was carrying 97 passengers and had to turn back and land in the cityof Alicante after the crew discovered Aikpitanhi had died.New reports said on Monday Aikpitanhi may have died after swallowing a gag tapedover his mouth to prevent hi

11 June 2007

MADRID - Spanish police are investigating the death of a Nigerian immigrant
during a deportation flight to his country, authorities said Monday.

Osamyia Aikpitanhi, 23, died on an Iberia flight on Saturday when he was taken
to Lagos with three countrymen.

The flight was carrying 97 passengers and had to turn back and land in the city
of Alicante after the crew discovered Aikpitanhi had died.

New reports said on Monday Aikpitanhi may have died after swallowing a gag taped
over his mouth to prevent him from biting officers. He had wrestled with police
when getting on the plane and also inside the aircraft, the daily El Pais said.

A National Police spokesman declined to give a cause for the man's death and
said that an investigation was under way. An autopsy is planned.

Aikpaitanhi, who had been living in Spain illegally for four years, was reported
to have a police record for assault in Spain and another one for murder and rape
in Nigeria.

His family has accused Spanish police of mistreatment, El Pais said.

Spain has long been a lure for Africans seeking a better life in Europe.

In the last year, and specially after facing a flood of illegal entries in 2006,
Spain has increased the number of countries with which it has fast-track
repatriation accords, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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