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Police not linked to death of detainee

The involvement of the police or community police in the death of a detainee in hospital has been ruled out, a senior police officer said Wednesday.

The officer said that as far he was aware no law enforcement personnel inflicted injuries on 28-year old Zaharadeen Razan of Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Leonora Cottage Hospital.

Police said that up to 8:45 AM, police at the Parika Police Station lock-ups was found Razan “alive and lying” on the floor of the lock-ups during a visit there.

Following questioning of other prisoners in the lock-ups, Razan was taken for medical treatment at the hospital where doctors said he died, police added.

 Investigations are being conducted by the Police Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

 Razan was arrested and taken into custody at about 9:10 Tuesday night, following a report of damage to property that was made against him.