12 episodes

On December 15, 2016, Soleiman Faqiri was found dead in his cell after an altercation with a group of correctional officers. After suffering a schizophrenic episode, the 30-year-old was awaiting a pre-trial mental health assessment at a Lindsay Ontario jail. He was pepper sprayed, shackled, and wore a spit hood. But there was no footage of what went on inside his segregation cell that day. “Unascertained” pieces together the timeline of Soleiman’s death and what really happened when guards entered the room. It’s a story of a family’s loss, mental health failures in the prison system, and a search for justice. A six-part series from TVO Podcasts. Hosted by Yusuf Zine. 

Unascertained TVO

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    • 4.6 • 96 Ratings

On December 15, 2016, Soleiman Faqiri was found dead in his cell after an altercation with a group of correctional officers. After suffering a schizophrenic episode, the 30-year-old was awaiting a pre-trial mental health assessment at a Lindsay Ontario jail. He was pepper sprayed, shackled, and wore a spit hood. But there was no footage of what went on inside his segregation cell that day. “Unascertained” pieces together the timeline of Soleiman’s death and what really happened when guards entered the room. It’s a story of a family’s loss, mental health failures in the prison system, and a search for justice. A six-part series from TVO Podcasts. Hosted by Yusuf Zine. 

    The Heat of the Moment

    The Heat of the Moment

    Part VIII: In the final chapter, two people at the heart of Soleiman's case who have never spoken publicly provide new details. And, after years, an updated post-mortem report reveals shocking answers to the question: how did Soleiman Faqiri die?

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    • 43 min
    Coming Soon: The Final Chapter

    Coming Soon: The Final Chapter

    Soleiman Faqiri's cause of death status is reversed. Plus, after hearing the podcast, new sources come forward.

    • 2 min
    The Aftermath

    The Aftermath

    Part VII: Shortly before the release of what was meant to be the final episode of the series, a former correctional officer at the Central East Correctional Centre reached out to the team with startling information. In the bonus 7th episode of Unascertained, host Yusuf Zine hears his side of the story. And, a stunning turn of events regarding Soleiman Faqiri's post-mortem report.

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    • 28 min
    The case continues…

    The case continues…

    Since our final episode, there have been some major changes in the case. Host Yusuf Zine provides a quick update.

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    • 1 min
    The Fatal Blow

    The Fatal Blow

    Part VI: A new revelation in the case has been released to the public, and it may be the last piece of the puzzle. In the 6th part of Unascertained, Yusuf Zine takes a close look at just what happened in that cell on December 15, 2016 as he tries to finally determine: what happened to Soleiman Faqiri?

    Clips courtesy of Global News, CityNews, TVNZ and CTV.

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    • 48 min
    An Update

    An Update

    As the team gets ready to put out the sixth and final episode, a last-minute interview request comes through that allows them to ask some big questions.

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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

tessaaaaas ,

Wow

This story is so tragic, and sadly not well known outside of Ontario. I really appreciate the humanizing portrayal of Soleiman and schizophrenia. Yusuf Zine has a fantastic broadcasting voice and interviewing skills. I was very moved by the conversations he had with Yusuf (Soleiman’s brother), because you could tell that he really cares about this family. As per usual with TVO, the production value and storytelling are top-notch.

lgardens182 ,

Incredible!!!

This is such a tragedy! Well done Innerspeak and TVO for telling this story.

Marty DL ,

Fantastic journalism

This is the kind of work that makes me proud to say I’m a journalist. The small team that makes this show has had a huge impact, which looks like it might result in justice being done. Kudos!

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