Sur­rey six con­vict says cells cov­ered in fe­ces and blood

Asian Journal - - Nation - By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

Van­cou­ver: Two men con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der in a mass ex­e­cu­tion that left six dead are su­ing the Bri­tish Columbia gov­ern­ment for al­leged abuses they suf­fered while await­ing trial. Cody Hae­vis­cher and Matthew John­ston say they were held in soli­tary con­fine­ment with­out ad­e­quate cause for 14 months af­ter their ar­rests in April 2009. The men claim they were kept in cells smeared with fe­ces and blood, de­nied vis­its with fam­ily, ex­posed to light 24 hours a day and video recorded con­stantly even when us­ing the toi­let. “The plain­tiff ’s emo­tions would fluc­tu­ate sud­denly be­tween anger, bit­ter­ness and fear. The plain­tiff be­gan to feel like he was no longer the same per­son,’’ John­ston’s state­ment of claim says. “He be­came de­spon­dent and was wholly pow­er­less to change his cir­cum­stances.’’ Hae­vis­cher and John­ston were each con­victed of con­spir­acy and six counts of first-de­gree mur­der in the deaths of six peo­ple in a high­rise condo unit in Sur­rey in Oc­to­ber 2007.

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