Anti-G4S campaigners to mark two-year anniversary of Jimmy Mubenga’s death

Anti-G4S campaigners will hold a day of action to mark the two-year anniversary of the death of Jimmy Mubenga during a forced deportation on 12th October 2010.

Jimmy, an Angolan father of five, died on a British Airways plane at Heathrow after he was restrained by three guards from G4S, which was contracted to carry out ‘escorting’ (deportations) for the UK Border Agency.

Jimmy was heard to say “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe” and “they’re going to kill me” before he collapsed.

Jimmy’s family had to wait until July this year for a decision from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on whether the G4S officers or G4S itself would face any charges in connection with his death.

They were told that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute, a claim frequently made in relation to deaths in custody.

The decision described as perverse by Lord Ramsbotham has left Jimmy’s family distraught. They now await an inquest into his death which will not be held until next year.

A few weeks after Jimmy’s death, G4S whistle-blowers secretly submitted evidence to a Home Affairs Committee examining ‘Rules governing enforced removals from the UK’, alleging that “guards developed a dangerous technique for restraining deportees by bending them in aircraft seats” referred to as “carpet karaoke”.

The subsequent report found “evidence of inappropriate use of physical restraint, and the possible use of unauthorised and potentially dangerous restraint techniques.”

The Stop G4S Coalition which has called the day of action on Friday 12th October outside the offices of the CPS, says that “G4S should not be allowed to profit from torture and death and get away with it”.

Friday 12th October 2012
Crown Prosecution Service, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS, 11-1pm.
G4S UK & Ireland head office, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT, 2-4pm.

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