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August 29, 2008

Canadian Cyanide Guy: Suicide, No Terror Connection, Say Police


The Denver coroner said a Canadian man who killed himself with cyanide suffered from schizophrenia. Medication to treat the disorder was found in his system.

Saleman Abdirahman Dirie's body was found in The Burnsley Hotel two weeks before the start of the Democratic convention. A pound of highly toxic sodium cyanide was found in the same room.

The autopsy report released Friday did little to clear up questions about why Dirie had the cyanide and why he was in Denver. The FBI said Dirie's death has no apparent connection to terrorism, and police said they don't suspect foul play.

The coroner ruled last week that Dirie committed suicide.

But what about previous reports he had a pound (or pounds, I forget) of cyanide? Where they wrong? Did he buy the cyanide in bulk? (It's quite possible that's the only way to buy it without arousing suspicion... but I'd like to know.)

An odd dissenter from the verdict:

However, Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, said last week that he "strongly disagrees" with the coroner's ruling.

"The Advocacy Center is still involved in this case and finds the suicide idea ridiculous. If Mr. Dirie's intention was to commit suicide, he could have done so in Canada," Jamal said. "The community finds this recent ruling very strange. I am saddened and still puzzled by this ruling and hope we will go to the bottom of the case soon."

Thanks to Alice H.

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