The 37-year-old Polish inmate who was found dead in his cell at the Central Prison in Nicosia is believed to have died from a heart attack according to the Prison Services.
In a press release on Friday, the Prison Services announced the unfortunate death of the inmate.
“The 37-year-old Polish inmate was found unconscious on the floor of his cell by wardens,” said the announcement.
The prison medical officer was called to the scene as was a state coroner who pronounced him dead.
Initial findings point that the 37-year-old died from a heart attack.
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He was being kept in the high observation wing of the prison after he had told prison officials that he was an alcoholic on Thursday when he was incarcerated.
The Pole had been arrested on Thursday morning and subsequently tried and sentenced to 15 days in prison for drunk and disorderly behaviour.
The Polish Embassy has been informed of his death in order to make efforts to contact the man’s next of kin in Poland.
The 37-year-old’s death has raised questions as it marks the second death within nine days at the Central Prisons.
On August 2, 18-year-old Andreas Sofroniou was found dead in his prison cell after choking on his vomit.
Sofroniou had been detained as a suspect in a string of robberies and burglaries.
Meanwhile, following criticisms from the opposition, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said that “parties owe it to be more respectful and show sensitivity towards a delicate matter which involves the loss of a human life”.
He wondered what else could the Justice Ministry do and stressed that the assessment on the health of inmates is being conducted in the appropriate manner.
The procedure regarding inmates’ health assesment has been evaluated by the European Commission for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the United Nations Committee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) who have found it to be satisfactory, he said.