Between 1991 and 2004 in Bremen, an emetic (a substance to induce vomiting) was administered over 1,000 times to persons in police custody. On the 27th of December 2004, Laye Condé, who had fled from Sierra Leone, was arrested and taken to the police station in Bremen Vahr. For two hours he was force-fed emetic syrup and several litres of water through a nasogastric tube by a medical examiner from the preservation of evidence unit.
On the 7th of January, Laye Condé died from the consequences of this involuntary procedure.
In 2006, the European Court of Human Rights found that the forced administration of emetics constitutes a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights: No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.