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Rescued boat refugee pleads for asylum in sexual torture claim

The overloaded boat being approached by a Spanish rescue vessel.
The overloaded boat being approached by a Spanish rescue vessel. / SUR
  • Officials have been able to prove that part of his penis has been amputated

A recently arrived refugee from Africa has been telling Spanish authorities of the harrowing ordeal he has gone through in his home country of Cameroon.

The 20-year-old man alleges that he was sexually tortured and has asked for asylum, fearing for his life. Officials have been able to prove that part of his penis has been amputated.

The man was brought ashore along with 51 other sub-Saharan immigrants after Spanish rescuers found their tightly-packed small boat adrift off the Costa de Sol on 27 May.

After being checked over by the Red Cross, the immigrants were interviewed by police. Here the young Cameroonian asked for asylum, claiming he had suffered from sexual torture. Speaking in French, he said that men in his country had tried to kill him, succeeding in cutting off part of his penis.

According to his distressing account, his father had been killed with poison and his uncles all murdered as well. After his father’s death, the victim was held for five days and tortured, suffering mutilation of his genitals. He said that he was unaware who the torturers were as their complaint was with his late father.

The man has now submitted a request for asylum through a lawyer offered by the authorities for fear of being killed if he returns to his country.

After leaving Malaga port, the victim was taken to a government reception centre for immigrants in Barcelona and now is in unknown whereabouts pending news of his asylum application.