Nigerian asylum seeker in Zurich had heart problem

Zurich Aiport, winter 2010

Zurich, Switzerland ( – Autopsy results published by canton Zurich Monday morning 28 June show that a 29-year-old Nigerian who died at Zurich Airport 17 March was suffering from an undiagnosed heart ailment, and his death was due to a heart attack. He died shortly before he was to board a plane to be returned forcibly to Nigeria. The medical examiner’s report indicates that the hunger strike he held in the days leading up to the flight aggravated the heart condition, which is virtually impossible to detect when a person is alive.

Forced repatriation flights were cancelled while an investigation into his death took place, but they were gradually resumed starting in May and the first such flight to Africa will take place in July, the Migration Office has told ATS news service.

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