Death of Ibrahima Barrie: two police officers in criminal court this Friday

Death of Ibrahima Barrie: two police officers in criminal court this Friday
Death of Ibrahima Barrie: two police officers in criminal court this Friday

Two police officers face justice. They are accused of culpable negligence following the death in cell of young Ibrahima Barrie in January 2021.

The 23-year-old young man was arrested while filming a police intervention in the Gare du Nord district. While the patrol wanted to check him, he fled. Then arrested by the police, he died following a heart attack which occurred while he was in detention on January 9, 2021 in a police station in the Brussels-North police zone. He remained in pain for several minutes before being rescued by one of the police officers present. He was taken to hospital where he died.

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For Me Alexis Deswaef, the lawyer for Ibrahima Barrie’s family, the death of the young man in the cell is manslaughter due to lack of foresight and precaution.

The King’s prosecutor, for his part, requested on Friday the acquittal of two of the four police officers prosecuted before the Brussels criminal court. He also ruled inadmissible the summons to appear before the court of the two other agents. The trial is particularly closely followed.

Writing – With Belga

Report by Charlotte Verbrugghen and Yannick Vangansbeek

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