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Palestinian prisoner dies in PA police custody

Dec. 23, 2014 2:37 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 24, 2014 6:25 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A prisoner held in a Palestinian Authority detention center in Qalqiliya died on Tuesday, security officials said.

Osama Rafiq al-Shaer, 37, was being held on drug charges and had been held in a PA jail for 15 days. He collapsed at 7 a.m. and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Relatives of the victim said they notified police that he was suffering from a heart condition and needed to take regular medication, but police insisted on detaining him.

Police officials confirmed that he had a medical record and shouldn't have been jailed before being examined by a doctor.

Qalqiliya district attorney has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death, which a special committee will investigate.
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