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Mohammed Hussein Hasan Almukhlas and Huda Hadi Kareem Al-Maliki v Greece – 22776/18

Country Greece
Court ECtHR
Relevant Law Article 2
Year N/A
Found for N/A

The applicants are the parents of Ameer Mokhlas, an Iraqi national who died on 29 August 2015 at the age of seventeen as a result of an incident on board a yacht, who was carrying 93 passengers to Greece. The applicants’ son was on the vessel for the purpose of travelling to Greece in order to seek asylum. The incident involved two traffickers on the yacht, a FRONTEX boat and the Greek Coast Guard. V.M, the Greek Coast Guard, shot one of the traffickers however, their son, who was downstairs in the boat’s cabin, was hit by the shots and died as a result. On 11 October 2017, the Indictments Chamber of the Maritime Court of Piraeus decided not to prosecute V.M. (Order No. 33/2017). The applicants claim that the Greek authorities failed to take appropriate action to plan and carry out the action with the primary aim of protecting the persons on board the vessel and in particular through the reckless use of weapons that resulted in the death of their son. It further asked whether the investigation carried out by the domestic authorities following the death of their son satisfied the requirements of Article 2 ECHR.