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Three Portuguese border guards sentenced for killing Ukrainian at Lisbon Airport

Source : 112 Ukraine

Inspectors from the Foreigners and Borders Service Duarte Laja and Luís Silva were sentenced to nine years in prison, inspector Bruno Sousa was sentenced to seven years
12:57, 11 May 2021

Ukrayinska Pravda

In connection with last year's murder of Ukrainian Ihor Homenyuk at Lisbon Airport, three inspectors from the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) were sentenced by a court to prison terms. TVI reported this.

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Judge Rui Coelho found that inspectors Duarte Laja, Luís Silva and Bruno Sousa attacked Homenyuk and injured him by handcuffing him. Although the assaults are proven and that Ihor Homenyuk was handcuffed by the inspectors, the court understands that the suspects were unaware that the position they placed the victim in could cause suffocation. In particular, they were convicted of the crime of offense to qualified physical integrity aggravated by the result, that is, death. 

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Inspectors Duarte Laja and Luís Silva were sentenced to nine years in prison this Monday. Inspector Bruno Sousa was sentenced to seven years.

As a reminder, 40-year-old Ihor Homenyuk died in March in a pre-trial detention center of the airport, after beating by border guards.

He was detained after he refused to board a flight from the country. Before that, the Ukrainian citizen tried to enter Portugal without a valid visa.

In September, prosecutors charged three inspectors with beating Homenyuk with an expandable baton and murder.

Cristina Gatoes, the head of SEF, Portuguese border guard service filed her resignation letter nine months after the murder of a Ukrainian citizen in the Lisbon airport.

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