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

Postmortem examinations

The postmortem examinations were rushed and superficial, lacking toxicological studies that would have determined the effects of the gases used against the victims

Testimonies from survivors and witnesses

The investigation was incomplete: Testimonies from survivors and witnesses are missing, whereas testimonies by Spanish officers were heard by the court.

Pending proceedings

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.