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The Public Defender Statement Regarding Inmate Death in Ksani

On the night of November 25 to 26, 2014, on the basis of a message received with regards to death of inmate A. Ch., representatives of the Public Defender’s Office visited penitentiary establishment N15. According to the anamnesis of the death, the convict was found unconscious in a cell. There were strangulation marks on his neck, mostly in the right part of the neck, no pulse was felt on his carotid artery, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation actions were performed for him. Despite all the medical help provided life functions could not have been reinstated. Biological death was recorded at 20.40. Presumably, it was DS asphyxiation. Also, there was no act of consumption of medications recorded in the establishment N15.

During examination of the body by the representatives of the Public Defender no trace(s) of damage was noted on the body of the deceased except for the marks on the neck. They also recorded traces of old, multiple self-inflicted wounds in the areas of abdomen and upper extremities.

According to information sent to the Public Defender of Georgia, a medical forensic examination was carried out that will determine the cause of the death.

Representatives of the Public Defender of Georgia have checked the medical card of convict A. Ch., as well as a certificate issued by a chief physician of the establishment according to which, the convict had not applied to a doctor with any kind of medical complaints when admitted to the establishment N15. Although, according to the medical card of convict A. Ch., in the period of his stay in the penitentiary establishment N8 (From March 1 - October 15, 2014), the convict was undergoing treatment, including consultations from psychiatric doctor in June-July of 2014.

The Public Defender’s Office of Georgia continues to study details of the case and upon acquiring additional materials will provide information to relevant bodies and the public.

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