Every year many people are dying by the racist policy of Fortress Europe. Deaths during deportations are accepted conscious. Marcus Omofuma is not an isolated case....
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Court proceedings on 6 march 2002
4.3. 9:15: Charges read and the accused examined.
6.3. 9:15: Examination of 2 uniformed officers and an employee of Balkan Air all of whom were present at Schwechat Airport.
7.3. 9:15: Examination of pilot and crew of Balkan Air machine.
11.3. 9:15: Examination of a number of passengers and the doctor from Sofia who certified that Marcus Omofuma was dead.
13.3. Examination of the accused officers' superiors and ex- Minister of the Interior [Home Secretary] Löschnak
14.3. Examinaton of ex-Minister of the Interior [Home Secretary] Einem.
18.3. Examination of ex-Minister of the Interior [Home Secretary] Schlögl
8.4. Examination of two passengers from the Netherlands.
10.4. Examination of first medical expert.
11.4 Examination of second medical expert.
15.4. Examination of third medical expert.
Trial of the 3 Aliens Police officers ... or perhaps of Marcus Omofuma after all?
Report from the Trial - Part 2
day of the trial saw the examination of the first witnesses - the policemen
from Schwechat Airport who were involved in the deportation of Marcus
Omofuma and the branch manager of Balkan Air, Ivan K.
Location: District Court of Korneuburg near Wien, Hauptplatz 1 (Reachable by S3 train from Vienna - timetable obtainable from the ÖBB)
Those present: Judge Fiala, a second judge, 2 lay judges, 2 substitute lay judges, Public Prosecutor, assistent to Dr. Zanger, Mr. Rifaat and Mr. Ofner for the defence, accused Josef B., R., K.; the witnesses: Alfred D. (Border Police, Schwechat), Oskar G. (Police Officer, Schwechat), Gerhard P. (Federal Police, Schwechat, Airport Squad Kranich)
Alfred D. (Border Police/Schwechat)
: Oskar G. (police officer stationed at Schwechat)
After questioning in May of 1999, G. made a statement to the effect that a leather belt had been used to restrain the prisoner, something contradicted by other witnesses, including the accused.
As with the previous witness G. made repeated references to the 'nose taping' in which he stated that the nostrils were always free. " Nobody does that, taping the nose as well," runs the very biased comment. As with the previous witnesses G. referred to his superiors or more accurately, those of the accused - " I don't know what orders they got from their superiors - it might have included the order to use an adhesive tape." G. stated that he had received an information fax to the effect that this was the third attempt to deport Omofuma. (This is demonstrably false.)
Gerhard P. (Federal Police Station in Schwechat)
The witness was responsible for taking the passenger list on board. According to K.,once or twice a month there had been problem deportations carried out with his airline. The witness pointed to his job description. "I did my job." In answer to a question as to whether he had given an order that the prisoner not be allowed to shout out, K answered that he had not heard Omofuma shouting. He gave no 'instruction' in that direction (the three accused would not, in any case, have been bound by it since K is not their superior). Contrary to the unanimous testimony of the three accused, K stated that he never saw Omofuma. At the gate he had just seen his outline in the vehicle from some distance away. He did not look into the vehicle. "No, I didn't see him for even a second." Mr. Ofner, asking suggestive questions, got the witness to agree that the responsibility lay with the captain of the aircraft. K. stated that he did not request the prisoner to be bound because that was the responsibility of the Austrian authorities. According to testimony from a stewardess and the co-pilot, K. passed on information as to Omofuma's condition. He denied this. Mr. Ofner, with further suggestive questions got K. to agree to the following statement, "If the deportee is refractory the officers have to do everything in their power to prevent any danger to the passengers," and in addition, "within the limits set by the captain - he sets the limits." The methods to achieve those ends are not his (K's) problem. Mr Ofner's line of argument did not hold long, however. When he asked the witness what happens if a deportee goes on the rampage or is in some way dangerously disruptive K. answered that in such a case the aircraft would have to turn back or not take off in the first place.