WERAN 19/92 - Italy: The alleged ill-treatment of Umberto Colombo by officers of the railway police at Milan Central Station on 22 and 26 August 1992

WERAN 19/92 - Italy: The alleged ill-treatment of Umberto Colombo by officers of the railway police at Milan Central Station on 22 and 26 August 1992

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Index Number: EUR 30/008/1992
Date Published: 9 September 1992
Categories: Europe And Central Asia, Italy

AI is concerned about reports in the local news section of the Corriere della Sera on 27 and 28 August 1992, alleging that Umberto Colombo, aged 32 and with one or two convictions for petty crimes, was detained by railway police at Milan Central Station on 22 and 26 August and was ill-treated on both occasions. The first episode occurred on the evening of 22 August; after his release Umberto Colombo went to the local hospital for treatment and was reportedly issued with a certificate stating that his injuries would take 6 days to heal. He was stopped again by railway police at 7.45am on 26 August and allegedly detained and beaten; the police reportedly forced him to withdraw his complaint against them. He was treated again at the local hospital and has made another complaint.


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