Why the investigation into the lethal push-backs was reopend
The Audiencia Provincial regional court in Ceuta qualified the decision to close the investigation as premature.
Central points of the Court's decision in January 2017
The postmortem examinations were rushed and superficial, lacking toxicological studies that would have determined the effects of the gases used against the victims
The investigation was incomplete: Testimonies from survivors and witnesses are missing, whereas testimonies by Spanish officers were heard by the court.
There are pending proceedings, such as communications with Moroccan authorities; along with the identification of deceased victims, which would facilitate the participation of their families in the proceedings.