An inmate of Bordeaux is inspired by Guantanamo

News 7 August, 2017
  • Éric Thibault

    Monday, 7 August 2017 06:30

    Monday, 7 August 2017 06:30

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    A repeat infringer montreal was said to have been forced to introduce cannabis to the Bordeaux jail by fellow inmates who allegedly tortured by simulating his drowning, as had been suspected terrorists incarcerated in Guantanamo.

    The evocation of the controversial technique of waterboarding used by the CIA, was possibly a first in the justice system of quebec, but it did not, however, permit to Christopher Belair, to be acquitted last week of charges that weighed on him.

    Judge David Simon concluded that he did “not at all” the defense presented by a man of 37 years old.

    Belair was serving his second sentence for crimes related to drugs when two packets “of cylindrical shape about 9 cm [length] 3 cm of circumference” stuffed with cannabis were discovered in his rectum by the correctional officers, as well as another in his underwear, on 22 October 2014.

    The prisoner admitted that he had received 210 g of narcotic drugs, the inmates working in the laundry of the prison centennial, to pass them off to a smuggler in prison.

    Boiling water

    At his trial, Belair, defended himself by explaining that he had been forced to commit this crime by any means unusual.

    A few days before getting caught, the “guy” of his detention area would be entered in his cell “with boiling water ” and a mess”.

    This inmate has a “sacrifice” pair of arms”, in the words of the accused, he had already paid $ 74 for her canteen, an amount that Belair had not been able to repay him.

    To pay his debt to the guy, we wanted that it camouflages in its body cavities the drug, which came from the outside and then introduce it to the inside of the wings of detention. The accused at first refused before you “suffocate”.

    “It has been hit. [The guy] has applied the rag on the face for other prisoners he had held in the feet. To quote the exact words of the accused, “[you] him crissait of water in the face repeatedly”. He then said not to have had the choice to accept it,” said the judge Simon in his decision of July 24.


    He felt that “certain parts of the testimony appears plausible”, the judge added, however, that several sections of the version of Belair were “without neither head nor tail” or a “stark inconsistency”.

    Thus, after its interception by the guards, Belair would be returned in the same wing of custody for 63 days, without suffering any reprisal on the part of those who would be forced to do the “mule”.

    For the judge, “it is inconceivable that the loss of the drug and the non-reimbursement of their value have not resulted in retaliation in a physical, even in a refusal of transport would, in the mind of the accused, inevitably lead to the infliction of bodily harm”.

    Christopher Belair, will receive his sentence in October.