Basima (fictitious name) denounced in the court in charge of the surveillance of the Center for the Internment of Foreigners (CIE) of Madrid that he had been pushed, insults and lack of interpreter assistance in an attempt to deport him. Terrified at the possibility of returning to Morocco, a country from which she says she fled due to the violence and threats suffered in her family environment for being a lesbian, she slashed her belly with a glass to try to avoid her expulsion. “A policeman told me with gestures that what I did to my gut should have been done to my neck. He threw me to the ground [….]. He called me a whore and an asshole, “he explained.
“They beat me to the ground”: a migrant reports a police attack to the court at the CIE in Madrid
The following day, with the support of the NGO Mundo en Movimiento, he sent a letter to the court. On March 9, the judge asked the CIE leadership to take the plaintiff’s statement, but it was too late. Basima had been expelled that very morning.
Something similar happened to Sebastián (false name). The Colombian man reported having witnessed how several agents pounced on his partner in the dining room, when he intervened to ask them to “immobilize him”, but that “there was no right to be beaten among so many.” His reaction caused the police to go to him, handcuffed him and beat him “on the rib, on the head, on the hip and on the eyes,” according to the description of the events registered in the courts, which has been accessed by the newspaper. .it is. The man, who claims to have a hip prosthesis, was in severe pain and reported poor health care. Thanks to his testimony, the examining court number 30 in Madrid informed the NGO Mundo en Movimiento on April 27 of the opening of an investigation into the facts, but Sebastián had not been in Spain for a long time. He had been returned to Colombia on a macro deportation flight a month earlier, on March 23.
In the last nine months, the NGO Mundo en Movimiento, Pueblos Unidos-SJM and the Samba Martine Human Rights Observatory, organizations that visit inmates at the CIE in Madrid, have presented at least seven complaints of alleged physical and verbal attacks, as well as degrading and humiliating treatment, by agents of the National Police towards inmates before the courts in charge of monitoring these centers. After each complaint, the social entities detect as a “frequent practice” that inmates who are victims of attacks and witnesses to them are usually deported “urgently” and without prior notification of the expulsion, which hinders the clarification of the facts. of the competent bodies.
Given the “insufficient investigation” of the complaints of alleged physical and verbal attacks against inmates of the Aluche CIE, registered in the courts in charge of respecting fundamental rights in this police space, the organizations with a presence in the CIE took another step forward. last week and registered the complaints of the inmates before the Prosecutor’s Office for Hate Crimes and the Prosecutor’s Office for Immigration, the National Police. These NGOs consider that, since the reopening of the detention center after its closure due to the pandemic, there has been “a worrying increase in violence” within it. This medium has asked the Madrid Superior Police Headquarters about it, but has not received a response.
Due to the frequent expulsion of complainants or witnesses of alleged police attacks at the CIE, the Ombudsman has asked the Director General of the Police to issue an instruction that includes “a protocol for processing complaints and reports of mistreatment of the persons deprived of liberty in the detention centers for foreigners “. Francisco Fernández Marugán has requested that the protocol must include “the principle of conducting an effective investigation” and “the non-expulsion of an inmate while determining whether there are indications that he has been the victim of a reprehensible or criminal act of discipline.” The institution also requires the Police to establish the way in which the corresponding “timely information to the court” should be sent.
Basima, whose application for asylum was rejected by the government, became very nervous when she was notified of the first deportation date, which is why, according to her account, the morning in which an agent “pulled the blanket off her with force and violence” and told him to pack his things to go to Morocco “he blew up a glass jar and cut his abdomen.” This medium has accessed the images of the long marks left by the self-injury in the middle of his abdomen. “So that they kill me in Morocco, I kill myself,” said the woman, according to the complaint sent to the control courts. The Moroccan was also “transferred to the airport without receiving medical attention despite continuing to bleed.” On the way, she says, they called her “cunt, bitch, bitch.” In the bathroom, “they cleaned the cuts”, they put disinfectant on him and they put on “another shirt from his suitcase before going to see the doctor.” She assures that at no time did an interpreter accompany her and she has not received any report of the health care received.
Finally, that day she was not deported, and the woman was transferred to the CIE again. During the two subsequent days, “a man with an eye patch” – from the description, the NGOs say that he coincides with the police chief of the center – “told him that it caused a lot of problems” and “talked too much” so that “he would go to Morocco.” The woman was able to meet with one of the activists from the complaining organizations, at which point she told them what had happened. The visit, however, was interrupted by the officers, who took the inmate because “she had to go to the doctor and then she would come back.” They never allowed him to return, the organization says.
On Tuesday March 9, Basima was deported to El Aaiun (Western Sahara), the place where Morocco then allowed the deportations of its nationals from Spain. As reported by Mundo en Movimiento to the Ombudsman, the woman assures that, the day before, “a doctor gave her a pill in the dining room” and they woke her up around 5 in the morning, they put insulating tape on her hands and wives”. Upon arrival at the airport, she said that “the court’s complaint was pending,” but the deportation process continued. The Moroccan woman was returned, on a flight that made a stopover in Gran Canaria, where she was “forced to board another plane along with other Moroccans”, all men.
After her arrival in El Aaiun – a city in the occupied Sahara far from the town where Basima lives – the woman then said that she was on the street, and did not know where to go because she was afraid to return home. “His sister has sent him an audio saying not to come back, that he is still threatened by his brothers,” he says. Basima had been in Spain since April 2017, when he arrived in Spain to work on the red fruit collection campaign, and he remained in the country in an irregular situation. Although she requested asylum at the CIE, on the recommendation of the Red Cross, the woman indicates that she did not dare to detail the reason why she claims that she fled: the threats from her family because of her sexual orientation. According to his account, Basima had a girlfriend when he was 16 years old, so she was forced to marry a man with whom she had two children. Her husband “abused” her and she returned to her family home to distance herself from him, until her brothers discovered that she was in a relationship with a woman. “That is not understood there,” he says, already in Morocco. A Spanish court asked the Police for their statement, but they will not be able to do so.