20 March 2014 07:46

The UNHCR on Tuesday said it was "gravely concerned" about the actions taken by the Police to file criminal charges against Sylvain Faloubiyissane, a national of Ivory Coast granted refugee status by the government in 2009.
  "Faloubiyissane was hospitalised for more than 15 days following violence and abuse he said he suffered on November 27, 2013 in Nicosia in the hands of certain police officers," the UNHCR said in a statement.
 Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou ordered an immediate investigation by the Independent Authority for the Investigation of Allegations and Complaints against the Police and conclusion of their report within one month.  
"Four months later, Faloubiyissane has not been informed of the outcome of those investigations," said the UN agency for refugees. 
Instead, he is now being charged as the aggressor who beat up and caused bodily harm to a police officer.  
"This is indeed an extremely disturbing turn of events and we call on all concerned to ensure that the investigations on the complaints made by Faloubiyissane against the police are completed without any further delay rather than accusing the victim," UNHCR said.
The authorities were forced to act after the incident garnered widespread attention as it was partly filmed by a passer-by and uploaded to YouTube.


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