Home Office “ultimately” responsible for Jimmy Mubenga’s death

Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST has said the responsibility of Jimmy Mubenga’s death “rests ultimately with the Home Office which devolved coercive powers without effective oversight and itself sat by while a culture of racism prevailed and the dangerous restraint of deportees became institutionalised.”

On 9th July 2013 an inquest jury at Isleworth Crown Court ruled that Mr. Mubenga was unlawfully killed on a British Airways flight taking him back to Angola.

“As the passengers and crew on flight 777 sat by, Mr. Mubenga met a horrific death at the hands of those who were charged with his care,” Ms. Coles said.

She noted that the “enormous sadness” of Mr. Mubenga’s “death was that it was the inevitable consequence of a privatised removals service that was out of control and where the duty of care and the wellbeing of deportees were undermined in the pursuit of profit.”

Ms. Coles urged the Home office “to learn the lessons of this death, bring the contract under control and save another family from the devastation suffered by Mr. Mubenga’s widow and children.”

She added: “There are longstanding and well documented concerns about the conduct and accountability of the private removals industry and a pattern of complaints about the use of excessive force.”

INQUEST has been working with the family of Jimmy Mubenga since his death in 2010. The family is represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Mark Scott from Bhatt Murphy solicitors and barristers Henry Blaxland QC of Garden Court and Fiona Murphy of Doughty Street.

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