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Kleve: Death of Prisoner Amad A.


Amad A. was falsely imprisoned and died after a fire in his cell. But the death of the man has no legal consequences: The prosecution could not detect a criminal wrongdoing.

The prosecution no longer investigates the case of Amad A. He died in September 2018 after a cell blaze in Kleve Prison. The investigation had not led to the finding of criminal behavior, it said in a press release the prosecutor.

A. had succumbed to his severe injuries two weeks after the incident in a Bochum hospital. According to the investigators, Amad A. himself had laid the fire by lighting clothing. His motive is unclear.

Criminally relevant misconduct on the part of the judicial officials could not be determined, it was said. Even a supposed call for help on the intercom of the cell is not detectable.

Earlier, it was said by the prosecutor and the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Justice, Amad A. had about 15 minutes after the fire operated the call system. Experts had expressed doubts about the opinion on which the assessment was based.

No mental illness

Moreover, according to an expert report, Amad A. was not mentally ill at the time of the fire, the statement said. The law enforcement officials could not have known that Amad A. had been endangered.

The case also caused a great stir because the man was imprisoned only for a mistake. In a police operation his personal details were apparently confused.

Also in this point, the prosecutor stopped the investigation. The police officers involved in the arrest had not been prosecuted for deprivation of liberty, the agency said. "The intent required for this could not be determined."

According to the prosecution, the police officers who controlled Amad A. were provided with information systems from the federal and state governments. In the country data set there were therefore false information about Amad A.

Syrian confused with male from Mali

That lies with a servant of the district police Siegen Wittgenstein. It had, according to investigators in July 2018, the data sets of the Syrian Amad A. and the painter Amedy G. merged. This mistake had happened because the man from Mali had used aliases partially in line with those of the Syrian.

Amad A. was a fair-skinned man, Amedy G. is black (read more about the confusion here). It can not be shown that the staff members accepted a confusion. Therefore no criminal acts are recognizable.

The death of the Syrian also employs the state parliament of NRW: this had set up a committee of inquiry in November 2018.

Source: spiegel

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