The death of Oury Jalloh


Where smoke is, is also fire

When Oury Jalloh burned in the cell of the police headquarters in Dessau to death, in whatever way, no one suspected that the investigation resulting from this crime would take more than a decade.

Countless investigations brought no light into the darkness of police custody, but always raised new questions.
Now the Left the socialist party in the state parliament Saxony-Anhalt (Die Linke) demand a parliamentary committee of inquiry.

Not without a good reason.

Did police officers, who by legal means have a guarantors position, as the competent public prosecutor, Folker Bittmann at the district court in Dessau emphasized, played Lords over life and death?

Was it murder – by police officers in Dessau?

What happened on the night of the 7th of January 2005?

Actually, unimaginable that German police officers intentionally burn an asylum seeker to death.
Or ignite him with a form of afire accelerator.
Traces, which were obtained after the reconstruction of the crime scene
support the theory.

Much has been said in the meantime for an act that should cover up other deeds.
Two more detained had died, in 1997 a detainee died in police custody in Dessau of internal injuries. 2002, a man in the same cell as later Jalloh died.

He died of a skull base fracture he could not have done to himself.

Now the cases are growing into a serious political scandal, because cover-up is taken as the motive of killings.

What one knows about the death of Jalloh?

He was a dealer who was placed in a cell under the influence of alcohol and heavily drugged with cocaine. He was handcuffed and shackled. So far, the investigation had assumed that Jalloh had ignited himself, the actually fireproof mattress could suddenly heat up to several hundred degrees.

No one believed this issue.

However, another report found that the handcuffed man could not have lit himself with the lighter because he was physically not capable of it at the time. Just too unbelievable is the fact that Jalloh at the time of the fire probably no longer or only partially breathed.

This circumstance would indicate his death before the fire. In addition, there are also injuries in the case of Jalloh, which do not match the picture that the police officers drew for years from the incident in the cell.

Maybe it happened like Folker Bittmann explained: Before, the African who was sentenced to several years’ imprisonment for drug-related offenses, was found unconscious during a routine cell check-up, and the police then set the cell on fire to cover the tracks.

We will continue to report about this case.


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