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Coroner announces inquest date into 2017 death of Babak Saidi

According to SIU, Saidi was shot by an OPP officer in Morrisburg, Ont. after an altercation with police.
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A date has been scheduled for the inquest into the death of Babak Saidi, who was shot five times by an OPP officer in Morrisburg, Ont. in 2017, the regional supervising coroner for the east region announced.

The inquest is set for Monday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m. and will take place at the Keefer Room at Ottawa City Hall.

Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion says the inquest will look at the circumstances surrounding 43-year-old Saidi's death. 

It's expected to last five days and hear from about eight witnesses.

Dr. Bob Reddoch will preside as the inquest coroner and Prabhu Rajan will be counsel to the coroner.

According to the Special Investigations Unit, police had planned to arrest Saidi on a criminal complain the day he was shot. 

Saidi was required to check in with police every week following a 2014 assault conviction, and officers informed him at his week sign-in that he was under arrest. When he tried to walk away, one officer grabbed his arm to stop him. Saidi fought with two OPP members, and was hit with a taser, which appeared to have no effect. The officer then shot Saidi. 

In February 2019, SIU determined it would not charge the police officer in the shooting.

During that probe, eight investigators were assigned to interview a dozen officers and review the notes of over a dozen more.

- With files from Mike Vlasveld

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