ON coroner to hold inquest into death of RMC cadet


The Ontario’s Coroner’s Office will hold an inquest into the death of Absar Chaudhry, an officer cadet who passed away in November while studying at the Royal Military College. Chaudhry’s family requested a discretionary inquest after being told in the spring that his death was a suicide. The sources explain that a discretionary inquest would enable the family to participate in the process and would provide the public with an “open and full hearing of the circumstances of a death.” A joint statement issued by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces said that they “welcome any additional review that would aid in finding the causes” of Chaudhry’s death. The Globe reports that the coroner’s inquest will increase scrutiny of RMC at a time when there are discussions about the college’s future.

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