The Chad’s chief prosecutor, Youssouf Tom, while speaking on national television on Saturday, said the prisoners were found dead on Thursday.
According to him, there were traces of a lethal substance in an autopsy carried out on four of the dead prisoners which had caused heart attacks in some of the victims and severe asphyxiation in the others, he said.
The 44 suspected dead Boko Haram members were among a group of 58 suspects captured during a major army operation in around Lake Chad launched by President Idriss Deby Itno at the end of March.
Following the fighting around Lake Chad, 58 members of Boko Haram had been taken prisoner and sent to Ndjamena for the purposes of the investigation,” said Tom.
On Thursday morning, their jailers told us that 44 prisoners had been found dead in their cell,” Tom said, adding that he had attended the scene.
We have buried 40 bodies and sent four bodies to the medical examiner for autopsy.” An investigation was ongoing to determine exactly how the prisoners had died
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