The Crown Prosecution Service has today decided not to prosecute three G4S guards over the death of Angolan man Jimmy Mubenga on a removal flight in October 2010.
In response to this decision, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said:
“It is concerning that no individual or organisation is being held responsible for the tragic death of Jimmy Mubenga during a removal flight following the CPS’ decision today. Until this happens, the lives of people who continue to be enforcibly removed from the UK by security firms using dangerous restraint techniques remain at risk.
“The excessive use of restraint on detainees is unacceptable, and if enforced removals must be carried out, they must always be done in the safest way possible. The UK has a commitment to protecting people seeking safety in this country, so the UKBA and their sub-contractors must ensure those who have not been found to need protection here are at the very least returned to their home countries unharmed.”
Guardian: Jimmy Mubenga death: G4S guards will not face charges