Justice for Soli: Mental Health, Solitary Confinement and the Use of Force in Prison
Soleiman Faqiri was a 30-year-old Afghan-Canadian with schizophrenia who died while incarcerated. He was arrested on December 4, 2016, on charges of assault and uttering threats. He was held at the Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay, Ontario while awaiting treatment for mental illness. Eleven days later, he was found dead in his cell after an altercation with prison guards. The Coroner’s report revealed that Soleiman had more than 50 bodily injuries caused by “blunt impact trauma.” He had also been pepper-sprayed twice. An investigation by the CBC’s, The Fifth Estate, heard eye witness accounts of a brutal beating. No charges were laid against the guards involved. In January 2019, Soleiman’s family sued the province, alleging Charter, tort and negligence liability for the use of “excessive force” causing death.