Mikayil Mammadov v Azerbaijan: ECHR 17 Dec 2009

The applicant’s wife had set fire to herself during an attempt by police officers to evict the applicant and his family from accommodation that they were occupying.
Held: It was necessary to determine whether ‘this specific situation’ triggered the state’s operational duty ‘that is whether at some point during the course of the operation the state agents became aware or ought to have become aware’ that there was a risk of suicide: ‘in a situation where an individual threatens to take his or her own life in plain view of state agents and, moreover where this threat is an emotional reaction directly induced by the state agents’ actions or demands, the latter should treat this threat with the utmost seriousness as constituting an imminent risk to that individual’s life, regardless of how unexpected that threat might have been.’
4762/05, [2009] ECHR 2079
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