The Office of the Special Prosecutor has begun investigating charges made by Chaplas Menka against the police for the wanton use of excessive force which landed Menka in the hospital, reports Vísir.
As reported, Liberian asylum seeker Menka was stopped by police in the fall of last year, taken to the station where he was told he was under arrest, but not what he was being charged with nor would they let him contact a lawyer.
Instead, they reportedly pushed him into a cell and, while using a knife to cut off his plastic cuffs (instead of the tongs normally required), stabbed him in the leg deep enough to warrant hospital care.
Detective Superintendent Hörður Jóhannesson told Vísir he was certain the incident was accidental but would not comment as to why a knife was used to cut Menka’s plastic cuffs instead of tongs.
“The case is under investigation,” said Special Prosecutor Ólafur Þór Hauksson. Although Menka’s lawyer requested a public inquiry into the incident, no further information about how far along the investigation has come along has been made available.
How did Chaplas Menka’s arrest lead to serious injury? And why?