12:00 h in front of the District Court Dessau

Meeting Point Berlin: 8:30 h S+U Friedrichstr.



How is it possible that a human being can lose his life in a jail cell, and the circumstances regarding his death remain a mystery twenty months later?
On the 7th of January, 2005, Oury Jalloh was taken into ‘protective detention’ by the Dessau Police, where he died an excruciating death; burned alive while ‘fixed’ at his hands and feet. The chief police inspector on-duty did not respond to the noises coming from the intercommunication system. On two separate occasions he simply turned off the fire alarm, asserting that there have been numerous false alarms before. The official version of the police: Suicide. Oury Jalloh is said to have set the mattress on fire – tied at his hands and feet to the pallet, with a lighter that suddenly appeared on the post-edited inventory list. Following the reconstruction the lighter is supposed to have been in Oury Jalloh’s pocket, overlooked by the police officer responsible for his body search. An autopsy revealed a broken nose, broken middle ear and other injuries to the head, none of them is mentioned in the official autopsy report. Many inconsistencies, but the official sites seem to have no intention to resolve them. On the 6th of May, 2005, the State Prosecutor of Dessau formally filed charges against two police officers. However, the presumption of Oury Jalloh’s suicide is not doubted, only the question if the policemen could have prevented his death shall be answered in the lawsuit. The responsible police men and the doctor who declared Oury Jalloh fit for detention are still carrying out their work. The only chance to question the official version for Oury Jalloh’s death would be the co-claim of the parents. The District Court has delayed to accept the case for months. After more than a year, the Court has now authorized the admission of Oury Jalloh’s parents as co-claimants, but has already announced that it will not decide until september whether or not the case will be accepted.
In order to see that a trial will take place — including the necessary critical precision, transparency and consequences — resolute public pressure is needed NOW!

Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh,,