On October 30, 2017, the Kawartha Lakes Police Service announced that no charges were warranted against anyone involved in Soleiman’s death. 

It took the Kawartha Lakes Police nearly a year to investigate Soli’s death. During this time, nearly 70 people connected to the incident were interviewed, including correctional staff, inmates, nurses, ministry doctors, and paramedics. 

However, the police had failed to interview the man who was in the cell across the hall from where Soli was beaten and killed, despite knowing about this eyewitness.

The lead investigator of Soli’s case was officer Jeff Burke. Only 2 months after he finished the investigation into Soleiman’s death, officer Burke was caught stealing drugs from the police station’s evidence locker. 

Officer Burke was arrested and later charged with 2 counts of theft, 2 counts of possession of stolen property, 2 counts of fraud, and 3 counts of breach of trust.  













































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































After pleading guilty to breach of trust, Burke was sentenced to 12 months of house arrest. He was also charged with impaired driving in January 2020.

Burke had struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), following a machete attack in 2011 and a shooting incident later that same year. 

After he was assigned lead investigator for inmate deaths at the Lindsay jail, Burke says his “stress levels began to increase to a concerning level” and his “PTSD symptoms began to re-emerge.”

Burke experienced paranoid episodes and medication-induced mood swings during the time he was working on Soleiman’s case. Burke’s counsellor had advised, during her first session with him, that he “needed to be off work.” Nonetheless, it was not until after he had wrapped up Soleiman’s case that he went on sick leave.

Burke would later say that his “mental health was at an all-time low” between June and September 2017, the same period when he was working as lead investigator on Soli’s case. 


































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































About the Movement

Justice for Soli was founded by Soleiman’s eldest brother, Yusuf Faqiri, only one or two days after his brother’s murder in December 2016. In early 2017, the McMaster Muslims for Peace and Justice became the first organization to completely throw its support behind Justice for Soli, transforming what was once a small group of friends and family into a larger social justice movement with hundreds of supporters. Today, over 100 organizations are affiliated with Justice for Soli, supporting the movement in its fight for justice, transparency and accountability.