The identity of the Stockholm asylum seeker Bibby, who passed away in a suspected suicide, has been revealed.

Another person seeking asylum on board the Bibby Stockholm barge, an Albanian national named Leonard Farruku, appeared to be in distress before his death, according to other refugees on the barge.

Farruku, aged 27, was identified in reports by the Telegraph. Multiple asylum seekers on the barge, which is currently docked in Portland, Dorset, informed the Guardian that Farruku seemed troubled shortly before his death, shouting and banging on the wall of his cabin.

In the Telegraph, Farruku’s sister Jola Dushku, aged 33 and residing in Lombardy, Italy, claimed that he had been treated “like an animal” on the barge prior to his demise.

Farruku is the second Albanian man to die while under the care of the Home Office within a few weeks. Alfred Dosku, aged 37, died on November 17 after attempting suicide. He spent a critical week in the hospital before passing away.

The Home Office frequently references its “landmark joint communique” with Albania, signed on December 13, 2022, to expedite the return of Albanian nationals it deems to be in the UK unlawfully back to their home country.

However, lawyers and human rights activists have raised concerns that many Albanians who have sought asylum in the UK due to reasons such as trafficking or blood feuds face danger if they are forcibly repatriated.

Farruku’s death has deeply affected the 300 other asylum seekers residing on the barge.

Previously, the Home Office declined to disclose Farruku’s identity, and requests for information about the death made by the Guardian to the Dorset coroner went unanswered at the time of going to press.

This suspected suicide represents just one among a series of issues the barge has encountered since docking in Portland in July. In the summer, after the first group of asylum seekers boarded the barge, it had to be evacuated due to the discovery of potentially lethal legionella bacteria in the water supply.

The Home Office has acknowledged that the vessel has already cost taxpayers over £22 million.

In October, a 23-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker attempted suicide in a hotel car park in Essex upon hearing that he was to be transferred to the Bibby Stockholm.

According to the Telegraph, Farruku arrived in the UK in August of last year on a small boat.

A spokesperson from the Home Office stated, “This was a tragic incident, and our thoughts are with everyone affected. The welfare of all those in our care is of utmost importance, and we take our responsibility for their well-being incredibly seriously. This matter will now be investigated by the police and coroner. It is crucial to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding this death.”

Asylum seekers on the barge informed the Guardian that they are growing increasingly desperate about their living conditions. They mentioned that the onboard security requires them to go through airport-style security checks and body searches even if they simply wish to step outside for a cigarette. There have also been reports of deteriorating food quality and shortages for those at the end of the queue.

“The barge is like a prison, and more and more things are going wrong,” one asylum seeker remarked.

Deborah Coles, the director of Inquest, a charity that investigates state-related deaths, stated, “This was a tragic death that could have been prevented. It is imperative that an independent body, rather than the government responsible for placing asylum seekers there, conducts the investigation. Given the reports of prison-like conditions on the barge, it would be reasonable to expect the involvement of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, who possesses the expertise to thoroughly scrutinize this case.”

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