İrem GÖL -TDO- 44 people who were suspected to have affiliation with the jihadist group Boko Haram were detained in the recent operation. Chad’s chief prosecutor announced that these detainees are found dead in the prison cell, seemed to be poisoned. The examination carried out revealed that there were traces of lethal substances which caused heart attacks and severe asphyxiation. The detainees were due in court for trial on Thursday.
Chief prosecutor Youssouf Tom said: “Following the fighting around Lake Chad, 58 members of Boko Haram had been taken prisoner and sent to N’Djamena for the purposes of investigation. On Thursday morning, their jailers told us that 44 prisoners had been found dead in their cell. We have buried 40 bodies and sent four bodies to the medical examiner for autopsy.”
An investigation is being carried out to determine what exactly happened to the prisoners. An officer, demanding anonymity, said that the 58 prisoners were placed in a single cell and were given nothing to eat or drink for two days. Secretary General of the Chadian Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, Mahamat Nour Ahmed Ibedou made a similar statement. It is still to discover if it was a collective suicide or if they were poisoned by someone else.