No grounds to press charges in death of inmate

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The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service has completed their investigation into the death of Soleiman Faqiri, an inmate found to be unresponsive at the Central East Corrections Centre in Lindsay last year.

Police say no grounds exist to process criminal charges against anyone who was involved with Faqiri prior to his death.

On Dec. 15 last year Kawartha Lakes Police were contacted after Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services had attended to an unresponsive male inmate. The 30-year-old inmate 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.

Since that time, members of the Kawartha Lakes Police Service have been investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Faqiri. The Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Services were also involved.

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, Kawartha Lakes Police Service made their conclusion that there was no culpability for anyone in the event.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service expresses its condolences to everyone affected by this tragic event.


  1. From the Toronto Star: A coroner’s report showed that his body had 50 injuries: a bruised laceration on his forehead, and multiple bruises and abrasions on his face, torso and limbs — all the result of blunt impact trauma that occurred after the prolonged confrontation with prison officers in a segregation cell at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ont.

    We recommend reading The Star’s coverage of this issue, as we don’t have the resources to do this story justice.

  2. In my view, justice system corruption poses a greater threat to our security than prosecuted crime including terrorism. Authority is misused to enforce what are, by Criminal Code definition, politically criminal interests. Try to get any media to cover that story. Likely the only way it can be told is as art. And even then, just try to get that sort of story published. People are afraid.

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