Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Detainee Dies of Neglect

Hiu Lui Ng, a 34 year old immigrant, in custody since last summer for overstaying a visa, has died of cancer, which had gone undiagnosed and untreated by U.S. authorities. His lawyers say officials accused Ng of lying when he complained of severe pain, and refused his pleas for independent medical attention.
Instead, the affidavits say, guards at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I., dragged him from his bed on July 30, carried him in shackles to a car, bruising his arms and legs, and drove him two hours to a federal lockup in Hartford, where an immigration officer pressured him to withdraw all pending appeals of his case and accept deportation.


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