27/08/2022

Syriac man dies while in police custody in the Netherlands

This report has been updated to better reflect local reporting.

HENGELO, The Netherlands — A 37-year-old Syriac man passed away in the Netherlands while in police custody.

According to Dutch media citing the family’s attorney, Marcus Ajar suffered a heart attack while in the back of a police cruiser after being detained for allegedly operating a vehicle while under the influence of narcotics.

In a video taken during the incident, which happened in Hengelo, police can be seen pulling the man out of the police vehicle. Although the man appeared to be unconscious, one of the officers then pins the man to the ground by pressing his knee to the man’s chest. No reason has been given as to why the officer would put his knee on Ajar’s chest despite him being in medical distress.

after the police officers slammed their feet on his chest.

On Thursday, after spending a week in a coma in hospital, Ajar passed away.

The Rijksrecherche, which conducts investigations into criminal activity by employees of public entities, is now in charge of the situation. The man’s family also wants the situation to be resolved and has urged Korver to speak on their behalf. RTV Oost reported that the man was a member of the Hengelo Syrian community.

Marcus Ajar

Ajar was born in Rijssen, the Netherlands. His parents are Marawge Agar and Khanime Oktay.

He is married and has two children.

The condolence was held in Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Hengelo.

The date of the funeral service is still unknown because investigations are still underway.