Guyanese Prisoner Dies During Interrogation.

In prison abuse on August 3, 2008 at 12:11 pm

In early July 2008 Guyanese prisoner, Edward Niles, succumbed to his injuries at hospital in Georgetown following a reported beating by prison officers.

Niles was allegedly found with a quantity of ammunition following a day of labour at army base Camp Ayanganna. He had been convicted for possession of cannabis on September 18, 2006, and sentenced to a three-year prison term, which would have expired on September 26 this year.

Niles had just returned from the army base when a routine search of his person prior to him re-entering the prison, turned up the ammunition. An investigation was launched to ascertain how Niles had acquired the ammunition.

It is alleged that during his interrogation by prison officers Niles was brutally assaulted. The prisoner’s body showed serious lacerations and he had a broken arm as well as burns on his back. A post-mortem examination revealed that he died from a clot in his lungs as a result of burns.

The death of Mr. Niles has raised concerns about torture of prisoners and there have been several calls for an independent inquiry into his demise.


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