Aruban who died in police custody returns home

A silent procession in memory of the Aruban holidaymaker who died in police custody was held on Aruba on Tuesday evening.

The 42-year-old Mitch Henriquez died after being thrown to the ground and bundled, apparently unconscious, into a police van after an open air concert by UB40.

His body was flown back to the island on Tuesday afternoon and he will be buried on Thursday.

Family and friends taking part in the procession wore t-shirts bearing Henriquez’ portrait.

His sister, Lila, told the crowd: ‘First we will bury Mitch and then we will seek justice.’

The public prosecution department said last week Henriquez was probably killed by a lack of oxygen and this was most likely caused by the police.

The Hague’s prosecution chief, Kitty Nooy, said in a statement ‘no other explanations have been found for the lack of oxygen’. ‘No natural causes of death were found’ and Henriquez had not been using drugs and was not drunk, Nooy said.

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