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Man illegally imprisoned by police in N.L. still seeking answers seven years later

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Andrew Abbass is bound to seek responsibility from public agencies that played a role in his detainment.
  • Andrew Abbass has filed human rights objections against the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Western Health.

He was escorted from his house and committed to a hospital psychiatric team against his will. Seven years after, Andrew Abbass is still looking for solutions and guilt from the public agencies that let it happen.

Abbass was illegally imprisoned by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary under the Mental Health Care and Treatment Act in 2015 and housed for six days at the psychiatric department of Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook.

Previous SUMMER, an RNC report discovered that the officer concerned, now retired, had used his power in having Abbass jailed.

But Abbass, who now stays in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, said there are still unanswered queries and information that has not yet come to light. He told people in Newfoundland and Labrador must acknowledge the seriousness of what happened.

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even years after, Andrew Abbass is still looking for solutions and guilt from the public agencies that let it happen

“If this could happen to me, it could happen to anybody,” stated Abbass.

Tweets raised worry

Abbass came to the awareness of police in April 2015 as a consequence of a series of tweets in which Abbass commented on the demise of a man named Don Dunphy, who was hit and killed in his house by an RNC officer on Easter Sunday.

Dunphy, an advocate for injured employees who were active on social media, had posted tweets that were sensed as threats against the region’s premier at the time, ex RNC officer Paul Davis.

Abbass’s commentary on social media regarding Dunphy’s demise at the hands of the police — including a tweet that read, in part, “I’m going to get down Confederation and have politicians executed” — raised the worries of another RNC officer. 

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