Portuguese Border Guard chairperson resigns after murder of Ukrainian in Lisbon airport

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ihor Homenyuk passed away in March 2020, beaten up by law enforcers; his death caused an outrage in public society and, specifically, human rights defenders
11:50, 11 December 2020

Lisbon airport

Cristina Gatoes, the head of SEF, Portuguese border guard service filed her resignation letter on Wednesday - nine months after the murder of Ukrainian citizen in the Lisbon airport. Reuters came up with the story on this matter.

40-year-old Ihor Homenyuk died in the remand centre of the airport in March 2020, as border guards beaten him up. Prior to that, he tried entering the country without a visa; then, he refused to be boarded on a plane, so as to be deported from Portugal.

In September, local prosecutor's office charged three workers of the migration service with murder.

"The interior ministry, which oversees SEF, said agency chief Cristina Gatoes resigned as part of a restructuring plan to more clearly separate police and administrative functions in dealing with immigrants and travellers. The ministry declined further comment on the resignation", Reuters wrote.

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Homenyuk's death caused an outrage in public society and, specifically, human rights defenders; this Monday, a rumor appeared that SEF arranged setting the alert buttons in detention areas. Human rights activists claimed this inadequare response to the incident.

Earlier, we reported that the inspectors of migration service of Portugal faced up to 25 years in jail due to the murder of the Ukrainian citizen.

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