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No charges to be laid in death of inmate at Lindsay jail

KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes Police say no charges will be laid in the death of an inmate at the Central East Correctional Centre last December.

We were first to bring you this story after receiving a tip from a source. On December 15th, 2016 Kawartha Lakes Police say they were contacted after Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services had treated an unresponsive male inmate at the CECC. 30-year-old Soleiman Faqiri was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the Centre of Forensic Sciences and Coroners Complex in Toronto later that night for an autopsy.

The family of Soleiman Faqiri say they are devasted with the news that no one will face charges. “On Friday, our family was informed that the Kawartha Lakes Police Service has identified “no grounds” to lay criminal charges in the death of our beloved son and brother, Soleiman Faqiri. their statment reads. “The overwhelming evidence from the Coroner’s report suggests that Soleiman was the victim of a severe beating by correctional officers in the moments before he died. And yet, we have received no explanation from the Kawartha Lakes Police Service as to how there can be “no grounds” to support criminal charges.”

Faqiri’s brother Yusuf told Kawartha 411 (formerly VanMeer Free Press) shortly after the death that they weren’t allowed to see him in the days leading up to his death. “We don’t know why we weren’t able to see him in the ten days he was in custody.” Yusuf says he and his brother tried to visit Soleiman a number of times and were told he was “on lockdown” and they were not able to see him.

Faqiri was diagnosed as a Paranoid Schizophrenic in 2005 and Yusuf says officials at the Central East Correctional Centre knew of his mental illness. “I told them to please use restraint”

A source told the VanMeer Free Press something allegedly happened between the inmate and professional staff and the inmate may have been in segregation. The family has confirmed Faqiri was in segregation although it’s unclear why.

Yusuf told Kawartha 411 at the time his brother “was a gentle soul, his death was avoidable” “My father is devastated, my mother anguished. It’s unacceptable”

The Kawartha Lakes Police Service , The Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Services have all been involved in the investigation.

Police say the investigation is now complete and “following a thorough analysis of all the evidence and witness statements, and after consulting with the Office of the Crown Attorney and The Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Services, we have concluded that no grounds exist to process criminal charges against anyone who was involved with Mr. Faqiri prior to his death on December 15th, 2016.” said a statement from Police.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service expressed “condolences to everyone affected by this tragic event.”

Faqiri’s family says the Kawartha Lakes Police Service has failed them. “We will pursue answers at the Coroner’s inquest into Soleiman’s death. We will not give up.”



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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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