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Faste regler rundt soningsforholdene for en viktig fange som Jeffrey Epstein ble brutt natten han døde, skriver New York Times. Det er så grove brudd at avisen mer enn antyder at noe ikke er som det skal.

Overskrift:

Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored
Ingress:

The disclosures about apparent failures in Mr. Epstein’s detention deepened questions about his death.

Legg merke til at det står «apparat» failures, tilsynelatende svikt. Det antydes at det kanskje var svikt med overlegg.

Artikkelen fortsetter i samme stil: Gjennomgående skeptisk til den offisielle versjonen om selvmord.

Epstein skulle hatt tilsyn hvert 30. minutt. Men:

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who apparently hanged himself in a federal jail in Manhattan, was supposed to have been checked by guards every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not being followed the night before he was found, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of his detention said.

Cellekameraten var også flyttet så Epstein var alene – og ubeskyttet.

In addition, the jail had transferred his cellmate and allowed Mr. Epstein to be housed alone in a cell just two weeks after he had been taken off suicide watch, a decision that also violated the jail’s normal procedure, two officials said.

Epstein ble funnet på cella med skader rundt halsen 23. juli. Kriminalomsorgen varslet justismyndighetene om at han ville blit tatt av selvmordsovervåking, men ville få en cellekamerat og det ville bli gitt tilsyn hvert 30. minutt.

The law-enforcement official said that when the decision was made to remove Mr. Epstein from suicide watch, the jail informed the Justice Department that Mr. Epstein would have a cellmate and that a guard “would look into his cell” every 30 minutes.

Bare seks dager etter at han ble funnet halvt bevisstløs 23. juli, ble Epstein tatt av selvmordsalarmlisten.

But six days later, prison officials determined he was no longer a threat to his own life and put him in a cell in a special housing unit with another inmate, one prison official familiar with the incident said, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing employment. (…)

But Mr. Epstein’s cellmate was later moved out of the special housing unit, leaving him alone, the prison official said.

Bureau of Prison officials said it is standard procedure for guards in special housing units to check on inmates every half-hour.

New York Times går langt i å understøtte Trump som retviret en tweet om at Epstein døde beleilig for flere, blant annet Bill og Hillary Clinton.

Skulle det bli avdekket at Epstein ikke begikk selvmord, men ble drept, kan det få betydning for valgkampen.