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The jury made 57 recommendations to the inquest into the death of the Toronto man who died after being beaten by six guards at the Lindsay prison in 2016.

The Faqiri family is satisfied with the coroner's investigation.

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Soleiman Faqiri was arrested on December 4, 2016 on a public highway in the Durham region for a stabbing.

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The family of Soleiman Faqiri who died in custody in 2016 say there is no doubt his death was a homicide in light of everything learned at the coroner's inquest at the over the last three weeks. She says she approves the jury's 57 recommendations, even if they won't bring him back to life.

Soleiman Faqiri, who was schizophrenic, had been placed in solitary confinement upon his admission to prison due to his fragile mental health. He will stay there for 11 days.

On the day of his death, while he was in crisis, he was pepper-sprayed, hit on the head and held down on his stomach in his cell by six prison guards. /p>

The investigation showed that prison staff had violated the ministry's instructions 60 times on confinement, refusal to have him hospitalized, recourse restraints and use of force.

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It's a feeling of relief that inhabits us thanks to this homicide verdict, the burden that we have been carrying for seven years has been lightened, explains Yusuf Faqiri, the victim's brother.

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Soleiman died in a restrained position from injuries he suffered during a fight and exposure to an irritant gas in the context of schizophrenia and a heart anomaly, according to the report. autopsy.

Soleiman's family says the truth has spoken, that Soleiman has somehow achieved justice and that the public has finally learned what happened passed with impunity in Ontario prisons.

Soleiman can rest a little more in peace and he leaves a lasting legacy for Canadians regarding the responsibility of governments regarding the treatment of prisoners in detention, continues Yusuf Faqiri.

Mr. Faqiri adds that these last three weeks have been unbearable for his family, in particular for his mother to whom he had promised to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the death of his brother.

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The jury proposes creating a position of independent provincial correctional inspector, who would investigate the treatment of prisoners, and another of independent adviser on prisoners' rights, who would act as an ombudsman.

He adds that the recommendation to create two independent positions to monitor the situation in prisons is very important, because there is no such monitoring agency in Ontario.

No family should have to go through what we have endured all these years, he said, recalling that Soleiman was a son, a brother and a man with a mental health problem.

He needed help, but he died alone in prison, he concludes, adding that questions remain, however. no response.

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Soleiman Faqiri's brother Yusuf is still waiting for the OPP to explain why they never laid criminal charges in the case.

The Empowerment Council group also applauds the recommendations, which it describes as excellent, reasonable and concrete.

His lawyer, Anita Szigeti, believes they should prevent further deaths in the province's correctional system if they are implemented.

Some recommendations had never come to light in similar investigations, she said.

Me Szigeti also doubts that the &x27; Money is a major obstacle in the application of these recommendations, since the majority of them require structural changes in the management and organization of correctional services.

We need to review the way mental health care is provided in prison and the way prison staff apply procedures, for example, she continues, arguing that these guidelines already exist.

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Lawyer Anita Szigeti represented the Empowerment Council group, which advocates for people with mental illnesses, in this coroner's inquest.

Anita Szigeti talks more about a change of culture within prison establishments and a new educational approach for managers and correctional officers.

The lawyer recognizes, however, that the creation of a position of inspector and another of independent advisor will require the x27;allocation of additional resources and funds.

This is why we knew nothing about the abominable conditions of Soleiman's detention and why the staff were not at all equipped to treat him, she said, specifying that the creating these two positions would save lives.

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Anita Szigeti says she is convinced that the investigation has already had a deterrent impact on correctional officers in the province and that they will think twice before using force without following instructions. (File photo)

Me Szigeti recalls that it is inhumane, inappropriate and risky to imprison people in a state of psychological distress without treating them and that prison is not a safe environment for them.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">She believes the homicide verdict finally sends a strong message to the province that the fatal altercation Soleiman suffered was predictable given the circumstances in which he was subdued by force.

In an email, the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General wrote that its thoughts are with the family and friends of Soleiman Faqiri.

We thank the jury for its recommendations which the ministry will carefully consider for potential ways to clarify policies and procedures, he says -il.

The Ontario Correctional Officers Union, which had almost implored the jury to return a verdict of accidental death, did not x27;did not respond to our interview requests.

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