The next day, prosecutors say, three inspectors took Mr. Homeniuk into a room, handcuffed him and used an extendable baton to kick and punch him. One inspector reportedly sent away those who came by the room, saying, “This is for no one to see.” Mr. Homeniuk was left handcuffed for about eight hours before being found nonresponsive, prosecutors say.
Initially, medics noted his death as a “respiratory arrest after a convulsive crisis.” But prosecutors said an autopsy found that he had suffered several fractures and had been left in a position that constricted his chest and left him to suffocate.
Mr. Homeniuk’s widow, Oksana Homeniuk, told the cable news channel SIC Notícias last week that she had received no support from the Portuguese government. “I never thought something like this could happen in a European country — in Europe, where human rights are above everything,” she said.
The family’s lawyer, José Gaspar Schwalbach, said the family was seeking 1 million euros, or $1.2 million, for moral and economic damages, adding that Mr. Homeniuk was the family’s breadwinner.
“No one will give her husband back again,” Mr. Schwalbach said in an interview of Ms. Homeniuk, who has been left to raise the couple’s children, a 14-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
“No one will see this little girl to go to high school, to go to university, to get married,” Mr. Schwalbach said, adding that Ms. Homeniuk had received a letter of condolence from the internal affairs ministry on Saturday.
And while a financial settlement would give Ms. Homeniuk comfort, he said, “she wants justice — she wants to see them convicted.”