Local Muslims are asking for a state investigation into the death of a 22-year-old murder suspect in custody at the Macomb County Jail, calling into question authorities' ruling that the death was a suicide.
Authorities say that Mohammed Abul-Fazal Chowdhury killed himself inside a jail cell on Friday with a razor he got from the commissary.
But some local Muslims, including those who washed his dead body, say they're concerned that Chowdhury -- in jail on allegations he killed his wife -- may have been the victim of a slaying himself. His genitalia was mutilated, they say, and he had a laceration on his neck and a bruise on the back of one shoulder…
A funeral prayer was held Tuesday night in Detroit for Chowdhury, where people were concerned about what might have happened to Chowdhury inside the cell, said Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Muslims perform ritual washing of dead bodies before burial and those who washed Chowdhury saw things that seemed odd, Walid said. (More)