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Known deaths of inmates (from sickness)

SIHANOUKVILLE

Feb 6: Inmate Roith Tin, 18, dies in Sihanoukville hospital five hours

after prison guards took him there. Prison officials said that Tin, who had been

in prison three months awaiting trial for robbery, had "always been coughing"

and had chest pains since he arrived in prison. No autopsy was done; 'myocardial

infection' was listed as the cause of death on a death certificate issued two-and-a

half weeks later.

TAKHMAU PRISON KANDAL

Feb 14/15: Inmate Beth Chhoun, 21, dies after a short period of abdominal

pains. The NGO Medecins du Monde saw the man and gave him vitamins on the afternoon

of Feb 14, according to prison officials. Later that night, his condition worsens.

His cell-mates give him traditional 'coining' and then a bath. A guard administers

some 'medicine' such as garlic. He dies later that night, after guards decide to

take him to hospital. Medicins du Monde say he died at Calmette Hospital in Phnom

Penh. A medical officer's report said: 'The cause of death was coining and then taking

a bath.' Medecins du Monde say they believe he had tuberculosis and possibly AIDS.

BATTAMBANG

Feb 7: Vietnamese man Bong Ngol Dec, 30, dies in the provincial hospital

after being taken there from prison Jan 11. Cause of death is listed as gastroenteritis

and typhoid fever. NGOs believe he had AIDS.

Feb 22: Men Meas, 28, dies in Battambang hospital after being taken there

the day before. The prison doctor says Meas had been "as normal as other prisoners"

until two days before his death, when he fell sick and had difficulty breathing.

Cause of death is listed as tuberculosis.

KAMPONG SPEU

April 15 : An inmate, 28, with a history of pulmonary tuberculosis, dies,

A Licadho medical team had seen him in February and decided he had vitamin deficiency.

In another visit on Apr 7, he was found to have developed pleurisy and was put on

antibiotics. His condition deteriorates Apr 15, and the prison medical officer says

he tried to find a doctor at the provincial hospital but no-one was available due

to Khmer New Year. The prisoner dies.

SIEM REAP

May 18: A 44-year-old inmate dies on arrival to Siem Reap hospital about

2:45am. The prison director said the man had complained to guards about feeling sick

the day before. At one point, he had difficulty breathing, so a guard gave him a

massage. Cause of death is unclear.

May 29 : An inmate, transferred to hospital May 5, dies. He had been diagnosed

with typhoid fever and diarrhea.

- Source : Human rights staff and prison officials.

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