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Cyprus: Court makes €28,000 award after police brutality human rights complaint

Human rights judges have today awarded €28,000 to a Canadian, who was attacked by Cypriot police in Limassol.

Khani Kabbara v. Cyprus (application no. 24459/12)

The applicant, Hani Abdul Khani Kabbara, is a Canadian national who was born in 1984 and lives in Canada.

The case concerned an allegation of police ill-treatment.

On 27 February 2011, Khani Kabbara was arrested by the police in front of a bank in Limassol. He was suspected, among other things, of having withdrawn money with a fake credit card from the bank and was immediately taken to the Limassol central police station.

On the same day, he was examined by doctors at Limassol General Hospital who found various injuries.

Relying in particular on Article 3 (prohibition of torture and of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights,  Khani Kabbara alleged that he had been ill-treated by police officers during his detention at the police station and that no effective investigation had been carried out by the national authorities into his complaint.

Violation of Article 3 (ill-treatment and investigation)
Just satisfaction: 25,000 euros (EUR) (non-pecuniary damage) and EUR 3,000 (costs and expenses)

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