Swiss court slams behaviour of border guard after baby death
A Swiss military court has slammed the action of a border guard which led to the death of a baby. The guard was on trial after a pregnant woman from Syria starting bleeding heavily while being transported to Italy under guard.
The guard was accused not taking appropriate action after the woman started bleeding. He loaded the refugees on the train and headed towards Domodossola. The woman was treated by Italian medics at the border. She gave birth in an Italian hospital – the baby was stillborn.
The court said the guard should have called for medical assistance in Brig - despite his orders to take the refugees to Italy.
The judge said, it would only have taken one call.
He’s been given a suspended sentence of seven months in jail and CHF 9,000 in fines.
The verdict opens the possibility of civil action by the refugee family.