The three inspectors – Duarte Laja, Bruno Sousa and Luís Silva – are accused by the Public Ministry of the qualified homicide of Ukrainian Ihor Homenyuk on 12 March last year, in the temporary installation center of Lisbon airport. In the prosecutor’s order, the prosecutor accuses the inspectors of brutally assaulting Ihor Homenyuk, causing him to be killed.
“State of great prostration and handcuffed”
The Penal Code provides for a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison for the crime of qualified homicide. As for the crime of offenses against qualified physical integrity, the maximum frame predicted is up to 12 in prison, in this case aggravated by one third.
The MP concluded that the inspectors left the victim in a “state of great prostration and handcuffed”, knowing that, as members of a criminal police body, “they had the power to prevent the guards from acting and, in the face of reverential fear, denounce the third parties what had happened in the room ”.
The MP has no doubts, based on the autopsy report, that “the fractures of the ribs associated with the other blunt injuries were caused by the application of such a weight on Ihor’s back” that forced “the chest to be crushed against the ground”. And he adds: “The kicks and strokes caused the ribs to break. Potentiated by the immobilization of the victim, with the arms held behind their backs, in the prone position, they caused the violent constriction of the chest, promoting the mechanical asphyxiation that was the direct and necessary cause of death. ”
The inspectors, underlines the MP, knew from the professional training given to them, that holding someone “with their arms behind their backs and lying in the prone position” can cause “breathing difficulties” and “that, for that reason, could cause you to die ”. They acted in a “communion of efforts and intentions”, subjecting him “to inhuman treatment and seriously violating the duties inherent to his functions”, concludes the MP.
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