Teenager 'killed by plastic bullet' at frontier
1 September 2005, MADRID — A Cameroon teenager found dead at the frontier between Morocco and Spain's North African enclave died from injuries caused by a plastic bullet, a medical NGO has claimed.
1 September 2005
MADRID — A Cameroon teenager found dead at the frontier between Morocco and Spain's North African enclave died from injuries caused by a plastic bullet, a medical NGO has claimed.
Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the 17-year-old died from a ruptured liver caused by a plastic bullet.
It casts further doubt over what happened during a battle between Spanish and Moroccan police and 300 would-be immigrants who tried to force their way through the heavily guarded border area.
MSF said it treated seven immigrants, some suffering from multiple bone fractures after they were forced back by Spanish riot police.
They cited a Moroccan doctor who said the teenager died from a ruptured liver.
However, a report by the Moroccan police said there were no indications their Spanish counterparts caused the death of a would-be immigrant.
The boy died on Sunday after hundreds of other illegal immigrants were trying to force their way through border controls at Spain's north-African enclave in Melilla.
Amnesty International is to investigate the death.
But the Moroccan gendarmerie said they the man's death may have been caused by a tragic accident and he may not have died on Spanish soil.
They added that "strangely" there is only one witness to the man's death. His testimony was considered "insufficient" and "unreliable".
The Moroccan police also said there were no signs the man had been attacked or burned in any way.
The Spanish Guardia Civil has denied it played any role in the man's death.
Hundreds of would-be immigrants were seen on security cameras trying to scale barbed-wire fences and struggling with Guardia Civil officers on Sunday night.
A total of 11,000 have tried to get through the frontier this year alone.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news