Spanish court accuses officers in case of refugees who drowned

February 11, 2015 7:41 PM

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MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 law enforcement officers of using disproportionate force against African refugees who were trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, a spokesman for Spain's Civil Guard said on Wednesday.

At least 12 people drowned in the incident a year ago, which triggered widespread protests and led the European Commission to question why police had fired rubber bullets at the immigrants while they were in the sea.

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