"We want justice for our daughter," the parents of the five-year-old girl who died on an islet along the Greek-Turkish border have demanded before a Greek court. Greece maintains that the islet where the girl died was "Turkish territory".
The parents of a five-year-old Syrian girl who had allegedly died of a scorpion sting while they were stranded on an islet in the Evros river along the Greek-Turkish border, testified in court Monday (22 August) in the northern Greek town of Orestiada.
"We want justice for our daughter," the parents demanded.
Greek migration minister insists location was Turkish
Last Tuesday, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said that the islet on the Evros River where a group of mostly Syrian migrants said the child's body was found, was in fact Turkish territory. He said Greece would work with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent to seek the body of the five-year-old.
"We will move via the International Red Cross and Red Crescent so that the child's body can be found on the Turkish islet and can come to be buried with dignity by her family," Mitarachi said.
Greek police last Monday said they had found 38 people – 22 men, nine women and seven children – inside Greek territory, away from the river and about four kilometers (2.5 miles) south of where the group had been reported to be trapped. The group told authorities a five-year-old girl had died on August 9 after being stung by a scorpion, two days after they were stranded on the islet.
Last Tuesday, Mitarachi visited the group of migrants who had been moved to a reception center. He said the 35 Syrians and three Palestinians were in good health, and that one pregnant woman among them had been taken to hospital for precautionary reasons.
Greece has repeatedly denied that it carries out pushbacks – illegal under international law – both at sea and across the Evros River, despite allegations from rights organizations and migrants.
With AP and DPA