G4S and Jimmy Mubenga

Away from the front pages was the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to charge G4S with manslaughter following the death of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan asylum seeker who died while being deported by G4S guards in 2010. According to eyewitnesses on the deportation flight Jimmy Mubenga was screaming “I can’t breathe” and “they’re going to kill me” as a number of G4S guards held him to the floor (a technique referred to by some G4S staff as “carpet karaoke” because of the screams it induces). The Home Office and G4S initially both told the story that Jimmy Mubenga “took ill” not that he was assaulted.

Protesting against Jimmy Mubenga’s death outside Home Office

pic from Guardian

 

In response, Makenda Adrienne Kambana, Jimmy Mubenga’s wife said: “We are distraught my husband has been taken away from me and my children have lost their father.  He was crying for help before he was killed.  We can’t understand why the officers and G4S are not answerable to the law as we or any other member of the public would be.”

 

Lord Ramsbotham, a former inspector of prisons, has described the decision not to prosecute three G4S guards over the death of Angolan national Jimmy Mubenga as “perverse”. See also Damola Awoyokun’s article “No Surprises in failure to prosecute G4S over death of Jimmy Mubenga”

 

For more on G4S and the many campaigns against them, see the No to G4S blogspot and Open Democracy’s “Securing Whose World” series.

 

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