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Delayed autopsy 'violating Stacy's rights'

THE religious rights of Stacy Ramdeen have already been violated and are now being further trampled upon as a result of the government's slow pace in providing a foreign forensic pathologist to perform a third, independent autopsy on her body.

Her husband Omar Mohammed told the Express it was becoming more and more unbearable.

Ramdeen he said, converted from Christianity to Islam several years ago and that her religion called for members to be buried within the shortest possible time following their death.

"This is just so over-bearing right now. It seems as though they are just delaying this thing so that her body would completely deteriorate so that they won't be able to find any more evidence that she was murdered," said Mohammed.

On November 8, Ramdeen, 32, died during a police raid at her Ibis Gardens, Caroni home.

Following her death, two autopsies were performed by pathologists Drs Hughvon Des Vignes and Hubert Daisley after her family questioned the circumstances surrounding her death.

Police had claimed that Ramdeen collapsed and died after swallowing a quantity of cocaine when officers went to her home in search of drugs.

Her family however denied this. The autopsy conducted by DesVignes concluded there was no cocaine in Ramdeen's system and that she died as a result of asphyxia.

The one performed by Daisley, who was privately hired by Ramdeen's family, stated she died from as a result of asphyxiation due to strangulation. The Police Complaints Authority last week called for a third independent autopsy to be done to rule out the possibility of police culpability. Eleven officers of the Central Police Division are being investigated in the incident.

Last week Mohammed and a small group of family and friends protested outside the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair calling for justice if Ramdeen's death was in fact a case of murder.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and National Security Minister Jack Warner met with Mohammed and promised that a third autopsy would be performed by an independent pathologist from abroad.

"Since then the Minister of Justice (Christlyn Moore) contacted me and told me that it would be a lot quicker if the Russian pathologist (Dr Valery Alexandrov) would do it," said Mohammed.

He said, this was not going to be accepted by him or the rest of his family. "She told me that if a foreign pathologist has to be brought in the autopsy would be done sometime within the next week," said Mohammed.

Contacted yesterday evening, Moore spoke briefly on the matter. She said the government had been in contact with Ramdeen's family and was trying its best to have a foreign pathologist brought to this country to perform the autopsy.

—Rickie Ramdass

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