Accusation of the policeman whose bullet killed Fatmata: He engaged in a fight with the smuggler with a weapon in hand
The police officer who shot the migrant Fatmata Kamara from Sierra Leone, after which she died in Gevgelija, has been charged with serious crimes against public security, the Free Press learned from sources in the Prosecutor's Office. The two migrant smugglers were also sentenced to prison, and the policeman who shot the young Fatmata after an extensive investigation was charged with serious crimes against public safety. It's up to him passport confiscated.
Namely, according to information from Sloboden Pechat, the police officer was also accused of accepting a bribe in the past, was removed from his post at the Ministry of the Interior, and then returned to work after suing the Ministry of the Interior. In the specific case with the migrant Fatmata, according to the prosecutor's office, the police officer engaged in a fight with one of the now convicted smugglers, even though he knew that he was holding an official weapon full of ammunition in his hand, which could have endangered the life and safety of the entire group of migrants and during the fight he fired from the service weapon.
In this way, according to the Prosecutor's Office, he caused a significant danger to the life and body of the gathered people, and the bullet ended up in the body of the migrant Fatmata Kamara from Sierra Leone, who was sitting in the back of the Mercedes vehicle. The bullet hit her in the right shoulder and she died from the gunshot wound in the Gevgelija hospital.
Two migrant smugglers who tried to profit by transporting migrants have been sentenced to prison for migrant smuggling after previously pleading guilty.
The event in which Fatmata tragically died, happened on April 19 of this year early in the morning near Gevgelija. The accused policeman was actually a shift manager. Before the argument about the weapon started, the policeman gave a signal to the smuggler and warned him with the words "Stop police", but the smuggler did not respond to the warning. The accused police officer again warned him to stop and stop accepting migrants in his vehicle, this time holding his service pistol in his hands. And that warning was unsuccessful, after which there was a confrontation, the victim of which is Fatmata Kamara.
Fatmata's family through video messages which they sent to the editorial office of Sloboden Pechat, contradicted the police version of events, which stated that the migrant smuggler attacked the policeman in an attempt to take away his service weapon. But according to the indictment that was drawn up and announced today, it actually appears that the police officer approached the smuggler with the intention of arresting him, knowing that the smuggler might resist and react, thereby putting the entire group of migrants in danger. In this tragic event, the young girl's life ended.
Her murder reached the deputies of The European Parliament and to Josep Borrell.
"We cannot allow terrible stories like Fatma's to happen on the borders of our Union, and we cannot allow her death to go unnoticed without justice being served." I wrote a parliamentary question to draw the attention of the European institutions to this young woman, but also to call for respect for human rights and EU borders. I also asked how the bilateral relations with North Macedonia, a candidate country, are developing in terms of migration management and access to a justice system that is universal, free and fair," said Member of the European Parliament Alessandra Moretti.
Fatmata's husband, Abu Bakar, remained in Macedonia and is now an asylum seeker, in order to be present at the trials where he demands justice for his wife. She was dying in his arms, and they loved each other from childhood, they lived house to house. He also had trouble retrieving and transporting his deceased wife's body to Sierra Leone due to administrative hurdles. The body from AD Butel takes over after journalist teams were to check the situation.
After living in a Greek refugee camp and being denied asylum, Fatmata and Abu Bakar left Greece for Macedonia where Fatmata was killed. Fatmata's husband, Abu Bakar, claims that he screamed, called for help and demanded to be taken to the hospital with his dying wife. But he was detained and according to his words, the police offered to take him and let him go to the Serbian border so that he could continue his journey on his own. He refused and is now seeking asylum in Macedonia to seek justice for his wife in the Macedonian courts.
Fatma's murder coincidentally happened on the same day that FRONTEX, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, deployed to the Macedonian-Greek border.
The Italian organization Second Three shared emotional details about how she is a warm, young 23-year-old girl full of life, always ready to share her strength and energy with others.
-She was very much in love with her husband Abu Bakr. They knew each other since they were children and called each other "my everything". Others around them hoped that they too would find someone who loved them as Abu and Fatma loved each other. Abu Bakar was with Fatma the day she was shot. She was calling out his name. He begged for help. The video of Abu Bakar hugging Fatima as she dies shot on the ground is simply speechless. Then they handcuffed him, drove him for several hours, kept him in custody for a day and did not tell him anything about his wife. Then they offered to transfer him to the border to continue to Serbia. But he wants justice for Fatmata," said the "Second Three" organization.