Fifteen years after Oury Jalloh's death in the Dessau police station, one thing is certain: the effort involved in preventing the case was enormous. Today one knows that Jalloh was murdered by police officers, says Johannes Filter: "The only question is: by whom exactly?" The activist asks the Dessau-Roßlau police inspection for information about the deleted files. Using the online portal “Ask the state”, he applied for all deletion protocols relating to the Jalloh case, citing freedom of information. The police reacted in their own way: they threatened him with 225.50 euros processing fees if he did not withdraw his application. Otherwise the application would probably be "rejected with costs". The documents were not available.
Specifically, it concerns destroyed files for police investigations into the Jalloh case, including disciplinary proceedings against several officers. Like Saxony-Anhalt's Interior Ministry under Holger Stahlknecht (CDU) in February 2018 compared to the Central German newspaper had admitted that this did not only happen in the Jalloh case. In connection with the two other deaths in the Dessau police station, documents relating to proceedings against police officers also disappeared.
In December 1997, Hans-Jürgen Rose had died of severe internal injuries after his arrest. There are many indications of brutal abuse by police officers. In October 2002, Mario Bichtemann died of a fractured skull in a cell in the district. Here, the indications indicate failure to provide assistance. As recently confirmed by a Frankfurt radiologist, Oury Jalloh was also ill-treated on January 7, 2005.
The files were destroyed completely correctly, it said in 2018 from the Interior Ministry. This was justified with data protection and personal rights. Personal files, including those related to disciplinary procedures, need to be kept only five years after they are closed.
Questions arise here: Why were the documents relating to the internal police procedures not attached to the largely still existing investigation files of the judiciary or at least kept longer, especially since the Dessau-Roßlau public prosecutor's office in Jalloh's case had initiated a separate death investigation process at the end of 2012, which was the first Didn't rule out murder? Why don't the police and the ministry want to have logs of deletion, even though these are also subject to retention periods? And why is the police inspector demanding a high sum for processing a request for information that they would reject anyway because of missing files? Answering a corresponding request takes some time, police spokeswoman Doreen Wendland said young world,
Johannes Filter meanwhile collected the money required for his application through a fundraiser. He informed the police that he insisted on the processing. He also referred to a judgment that "fees must be proportionate and should not be a deterrent." The police have not checked that. "It cannot be in the public interest that they charge costs in this case," says Filter. He is considering a lawsuit against it. A state investigation into the circumstances surrounding Jalloh's death was "overdue," he warned. He wanted to know "when which files were deleted". This could provide clues as to whether evidence was deliberately made to disappear. Incidentally, more has disappeared in the Jalloh case: police journals, logbooks, a handcuff of the victim and video material from the crime scene group.
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