The story of Abdel Latif, from the sea voyage on the barge to his death in a hospital tied to a bed in Rome

Truth and justice for Wissem Ben Abdel Latif: the request is bouncing in these hours from Tunisia to Italy. He was 26 and held in a repatriation center in Rome. Transferred to hospital for alleged psychiatric disorders, he was found dead on November 28 on a restraint bed to which he had been tied by the arms and legs. For days. And it is not clear whether he was still tied at the time of his death: the medical record does not emerge. The complaint comes from the LetCIEntrare campaign on the recommendation of the Tunisian deputy Majdi Kerbai and is re-launched by the national guarantor for detainees Mauro Palma, on the mobilization of the Lazio guarantor, Stefano Anastasia, and Alessandro Capriccioli, regional councilor of Radicali / + Europa. In these hours there has been no lack of mobilizations under the Italian embassy in Tunis and the Rome prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation.

The boat trip in October

Latif had arrived in Augusta, Sicily, on a boat in October. Then the passage on a quarantine ship: here “as is now almost the practice in Italy for those coming from Tunisia, he had failed to express the desire to request international protection and was sent directly to the CPR of Ponte Galeria”, the campaign sinks Let us enter. Who also publishes on his Facebook page a video attributed to the 26-year-old in which he described the reception in Italy by the quarantine ship GNV.

Abdel is transferred from the quarantine ship to the CPR, detention center for repatriation, in Ponte Galeria, near Rome, again without real possibility of requesting asylum – as activists and activists have been reporting for some time with regard to the administrative detention of Tunisian nationals. Finally, a first transfer to the hospital, at Grassi di Ostia, after an illness on November 28th. Then the psychiatric ward of San Camillo in Rome. And here is death. “From the documentation we have seen, it appears that the young Tunisian was suffering from psychiatric problems and that on November 23, following a request from the ASL aimed at deepening the psychiatric evaluation, he was taken to the emergency room of the Grassi hospital” Alessandro Capriccioli writes in a note that yesterday he joined the CPR of Ponte Galeria together with the regional Guarantor of the rights of persons deprived of personal freedom. “From here, after two days, the young man was transferred to the Psychiatric Diagnosis and Care Service (Spdc) of the San Camillo hospital, where he appears to have been subjected to restraint, every day until the 27th, even if it is not specified with what timing. Finally, on November 28 he died of “cardiocirculatory arrest”.

The guarantor Mauro Palma has already requested and obtained Latif’s health cards. “It should be clarified whether at the time of death he was linked because it is not indicated in the health cards. The blood tests were regular, there didn’t seem to be any health problems », explains a Republic. The Tunisian parliamentarian Majdi Karbai defines the CPR “the Guantanamo of immigrants”. The family, says the politician according to what activist Federica Borlizzi reports on Facebook, “claims that Abdel had no health problems”. But if that had been the case, notes the jurist, «Abdel should not have been considered suitable for detention at all and, consequently, would not have had to enter the CPR of Ponte Galeria. But, above all, why did 5 days pass before I learned that Abdel had died in a psychiatry ward, where he had been subjected to restraint for days? ».

Cpr “black holes”

Black holes. Detention without crime in Cpr

In the last 2 years they are already 7 the people who died of administrative detention, Borlizzi still notes, author together with the lawyer Gennaro Santoro of the report-complaint drawn up and made public by Cild, the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights, a network of 43 civil society organizations, entitled Black holes. Detention without crime in the Cpr. “We know that in the CPR health care is in the hands of private individuals, that is to say the managing bodies, with completely insufficient nursing / medical personnel and with an unworthy quality of service. We know that in most of the CPR the detainees are stuffed with psychotropic drugs, often without an adequate medical prescription. We know that in most of the CPR the conditions of detention are on the verge of inhuman treatment, with cells without alarm bells and without adequate rooms for medical observation ”, the activist sinks. “We know that, in this period, Tunisian citizens are subject to real roundups, taken from quarantine ships and transferred to the Detention Centers, to be repatriated in a couple of days. We know all this and much more. This umpteenth death cannot leave us indifferent. Check the possible responsibilities of the doctors and nurses of the Center. But, above all, shut down these infernal places which are the Return Centers ».

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