OCDC Charter Rights Trial Resumes November 4th

Deepan Budlakoti charter challenge on conditions

at the Ottawa jail resumes November 4th

The suit filed last year by Deepan Budlakoti, who is detained at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention
Centre (OCDC), resumes on November 4th . Additional hearings are taking place this month on November 5th , 8th and 9th . Mr. Budlakoti is suing the government of Ontario for violations under sections 2A, 7, 8, and 12 of the charter.

What: Witnesses that are expected to be questioned in the coming days are:

  • Professor Dawn Moore, Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University
    (expert on human rights abuses in prison); and
  • Sergeant Sebastien Paradis, Ottawa Police Service.

The issues Mr. Budlakoti has focused on during the trial include segregation, solitary confinement, excessive force, dynamic entry, privacy relating to and access to medical services, food issues at the courthouse and in jail, strip searches and mental health.

When: November 4th , 5th , 8th and 9th , 9:30am to 5:00pm (approximate time)

Where: Physical attendance is possible at the courthouse in Ottawa. Virtual attendance is also possible. The Zoom link for attendance for the November hearings is: https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/64981712426

Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa born stateless man detained at OCDC that is awaiting sentencing for criminal charges dating back to November 2017.

For more information you can contact:

Leonardo Russomanno
leo@rclpc.ca or admin@rclpc.ca, 613-296-2551

For broader comments on jail conditions at OCDC contact:

Justin Piché, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Ottawa
justin.piche@uottawa.ca, 613-793-1093