He was a man of Afghan descent and provided translation assignments for European Border Control Agency. He was stripped and beat, and then sent back to Turkey.
He will be able to see what hundreds of exiles are experiencing every day at Greece’s borders, the gateways for Europe. The Greek police mistook an Afghan interpreter for a migrant on September 3rd. The man was an employee of Frontex, the European border control agency. He decided to testify in front of the “New York Times”.
Humiliated, beaten, undressed… He also had his phone and wallet confiscated before being escorted back to Turkey, where he would spend days before being able to return to Europe. According to American media, the investigation was launched Wednesday by the Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection.
The police laughed at him when he said he was a European Union resident and then punched him. He is again beaten and stripped before being allowed to board a canoe which will connect Turkey via the Evros river. at the “New York Times”.
This interpreter, who has been a citizen of Italy for many years, was sent to Evros to assist the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in blackmailing Europe. He threatened to open the borders to migrants and allow them to pass through.
The interpreter was traveling on a bus to Thessaloniki in western Greece, where he hoped to rest for his new assignment. Missed. He will spend two more weeks in Turkey before his repatriation by the Italian Consulate.
Frontex filed a formal complaint after the victim returned. Ylva Johansson (EU Home Affairs Commissioner) stated to The New York Times she had met the victim twice in November before asking for an appointment. “Independent, full and rapid investigation”. VSWednesday’s hose by the Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection. This is the equivalent of France’s Defender of Rights.
An organization that has been investigating these incidents at the Greek frontier since 2017 notes, in accordance with a report published by “Le Monde”, that migrants continue to be subject to the same operational mode of repatriation:
Illegal refoulements, closed camps (which are “open-air prisons” for Amnesty International)… Greek migration policy is strongly criticized by humanitarian NGOs. Frontex, the employer of the translator, is accused of allowing exiles to be mistreated at the border.