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Cyprus records another prison death as suicide

British inmate found hanged in shower as deaths pile up in divided capital’s notorious prison


Officials in Nicosia Central Prisons in the Republic of Cyprus went on alert on Friday following the death of an inmate, whose body was found hanged in the shower.

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Greek Cypriot media reports said the body of a male inmate, described as a 59-year-old British man, was found hanged in the shower that was located in his subsection.

The incident came three months after the death of another inmate, a 36-year-old pretrial detainee back in November when foul play was ruled out

State forensic examiners Angeliki Papetta and Orthodoxos Orthodoxou were called to the scene, with preliminary reports suggesting the death was being recorded as a suicide.

The incident came just three months after the death of another inmate, a 36-year-old pretrial detainee, was also found dead in the Nicosia prison. Police did not disclose any information about the individual or his court case but prison officials ruled out foul play in the early November incident.

The prison also made news back in October after a Turkish Cypriot inmate was cruelly tortured to death for two days, while last week police carried out an investigation into attempted murder after an inmate described as a foreign national grabbed a Greek Cypriot fellow inmate by the throat, causing him to faint.

Nicosia Central Prisons has also made headline news recently following a power play that leaked to the media, with the warden accusing a high ranking police official of trying to undermine her leadership.

In December 2021 wrongfully convicted Raphael Rowe, the presenter in NETFLIX series “Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons,” was locked up for a week in Nicosia where he sought to understand how the prison was shedding its previous notorious image of unexplained deaths and suicides.

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