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Night of June 26, 2017

Ali Ziri

In Argenteuil, Ali Ziri, deceased during a police operation

Ali Ziri was 69. He died on June 11, 2009 after a routine traffic check which rapidly turned into a tragedy. According to the police, the two men they had stopped (Ali Ziri and a friend) were heavily under the influence of alcohol and behaved in an insulting and uncooperative way towards them, making them turn to force in order to question them. In the police van on the way to the station, Ali Ziri was subjected to the « folding »maneuver used to immobilize someone but which is criticized for being highly dangerous. Upon arrival at headquarters, Ali Ziri was pulled out of the vehicle and thrown to the ground before being brought inside the building. He remained there, handcuffed in his own vomit for something between 30 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes, until his hospitalization. His death will be pronounced at the hospital the next day. A medical expertise will reveal the presence on his body of 27 enormous bruises (4.7 inches to 6.7 inches in diameter). The medical analyses are in contradiction with each other and uncertainty remains as to the causes and the exact moment of death. Seven years after the facts, the French Courts have officially dismissed the case. The victim’s family has taken the case before the European Court of Human Rights.

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Ali Ziri

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Francisco de Jesus Espinosa Hidalgo

Joshua Altersberger

United States
Al-Louh Family

Naâma Asfari

MoroccoSahara occidental
James Su Zhimin

Wissam El-Yamni

Ali Ziri


Ahmed Abba

Mohamed Ahmed, dit Jabba