Mount Clemens — Local Muslim leaders say sheriff officials answered their questions today about the apparent suicide of a 22-year-old jail inmate, but they aren’t yet ready to dismiss concerns of a possible homicide.
Mohammed Abdul-Fazal Chowdhury was found around 4 p.m. Friday in his cell at the Macomb County Jail. Authorities say he used a razor obtained through the jail commissary to sever his genitalia and slash his throat.
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said those questioning the circumstances surrounding Chowdhury’s death are waiting for findings from a custody death review board and the county prosecutor’s office. They have also requested a copy of Chowdhury’s autopsy report and are planning for an independent pathology review.
They hope to have answers within the next four to six weeks.
“It’s a very bizarre case,” said Walid, who represented one of several Metro Detroit advocacy groups at today’s meeting arranged by the Hamtramck NAACP. “We are reserving judgment until all of the investigative reports are complete.” (More)