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Family of Soleiman Faqiri files $14M lawsuit over ‘excessive force’ they say killed him

CBC: //bit.ly/2FYQf2q

Development comes after The Fifth Estate unveiled eyewitness account of ‘brutal’ encounter.Soleiman Faqiri

More than two years after Soleiman Faqiri was found lifeless on the floor of an Ontario jail cell, the family of the 30-year-old man, who had mental illness, has filed a lawsuit against the province over the “excessive force” they believe ultimately killed him.

More than six months after his death, a post-mortem report deemed the cause of Faqiri’s death “unascertained,” with the Kawartha Lakes Police Service concluding there were no grounds for criminal charges against any of those involved. [CBC:  //bit.ly/2HORqUa]

The approximately $14.3-million suit, filed at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Monday, takes specific aim at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the superintendent of the Central East Correctional Centre and seven individual correctional staff members.

Among the claims: a breach of Faqiri’s charter rights, battery that amounted to “intentional” physical harm, negligence, abuse of public office, false imprisonment for his placement in segregation with a mental illness, a breach of duty of care and inflicting psychiatric damage.

 

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