Inquest called into refugee’s detention death

Posted by admin on Jan 25th, 2011

Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star, Jan. 25 2011

An inquest has been called into the death of a Roma refugee in Toronto West Detention Centre. Jan Szamko, 31, died on Dec. 8, 2009, two days after he was supposed to have been deported to the Czech Republic. An autopsy concluded he died of a pre-existing heart condition.

Paul St. Clair of Toronto’s Roma Community Centre learned Tuesday from the Ontario Coroner’s Office that an inquest will be held on March 31.

“The main issue is what happened to this fellow. He was taken into a flight, then something happened there and he was taken back to the detention centre,” St. Clair said.

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