Lampedusa: Khalid Must be Transferred. The words of his Lawyers

We publish the second press release
drafted by the lawyers of Khalid, the young Syrian whose video made public the
treatment of guests inside the immigrant reception centre at Lampedusa, where
he, together with 26 other migrants, is still being detained for reasons of
justice after approximately two months.

Editing staff of Borderline Sicilia


Catania, 23/12/13

Following verifications obtained
from the judicial authorities and the police, we learn that our client is still
located within the immigrant reception centre at Lampedusa after 51 days, as a
person with information on the events made available to the Public Prosecutor
of Palermo in previous proceedings.

It seems unacceptable that a person
agreeing to co-operate with justice authorities is deprived of their personal
liberty without any formal measures of communication being undertaken .

Khalid, author of the video of the
anti-scabies treatment inside the Lampedusa centre, is still within the
facility in which the events , subject of the investigation initiated by the Office
of Public Prosecutions Agrigento, took place. We therefore consider it of
utmost priority that Khalid is transferred to a secure location away from any
possible conditioning which may obstruct the smooth running of the
investigation as well as a guarantee of his personal safety and an end to his
illegal detainment.

Paola Ottaviano e Germana Graceffo,

Lawyers for the defence of Khalid

Translations: Denise Wesley