Deported man 'unlawfully killed'

A father-of-five being deported from Britain was unlawfully killed on a plane to his native Angola, an inquest jury has found. Jimmy Mubenga was on a British Airways flight to the African country when security guards noticed he was not breathing.

Independent inquiry sought after deportation death

Prosecutors are now considering whether to bring criminal charges against three security guards over the death of a man being deported at Heathrow.

It comes after an inquest jury ruled today that Jimmy Mubenga from Ilford was unlawfully killed on the BA flight in October 20-10.

He stopped breathing while being restrained by the guards and died later in hospital. His widow said he'd been treated "worse than an animal".

Piers Hopkirk reports:

Deportation death verdict 'victory for rule of law'

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who has dealt with allegations of brutality against asylum seekers by security escorts, said today that today's ruling over the death of a man being deported from Britain was a "victory for the rule of law". Mr Tatchell said:

If a person has been ordered to be removed it should be done so humanely and without resort to violent criminal methods sometimes employed by security staff.

This judgment is a victory for the rule of law. It establishes the premise that in a democracy we should not violently maltreat people facing deportation, regardless of the reasons for their removal from the UK.

It's incumbent in Britain to abide by the high moral standards that we espouse, in which case the physical abuse of illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers is unacceptable.

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Home Office expected 'highest standards' from G4S

The Home Office has said that they expect the "highest standards of integrity" from their outsourced private contractors, after an inquest jury found Jimmy Mubenga was unlawfully killed as he was deported from Britain. A Home Office spokesman said:

Our thoughts and sympathies are with Mr Mubenga's family.

We are very clear that we expect the highest standards of integrity and behaviour from all of our contractors.

Inquest co-director: Mubenga death 'waiting to happen'

The co-director of charity Inquest Deborah Coles has said today that Jimmy Mubenga's death was "waiting to happen", after an inquest jury found the father-of-five was unlawfully killed as he was deported from Britain.

Ms Coles said: "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".

Mubenga ruling a 'stain on G4S's reputation'

Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, has said the 'unlawful killing' ruling of Jimmy Mubenga was "another stain on the reputation of G4S", after an inquest jury found the father-of-five was unlawfully killed as he was deported from Britain.

Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee. Credit: Ian Vogler/PA Wire

He said: "This is yet another stain on the reputation of G4S. The case is now stronger than ever for the Government to take past performance into account for companies in receipt of procurement contracts.

"The Government must realise that now is the time to implement a central register of 'high-risk' procurement companies as recommended by the Home Affairs Committee after the Olympics security fiasco."

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CPS to reconsider charges over deportation death

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to reconsider its original decision not to bring criminal charges in the case of Jimmy Mubenga after an inquest jury found the father-of-five was unlawfully killed on a plane to his native Angola as he was being deported, a CPS spokesman said today.

After the verdict, a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said:

Following this verdict, we will consider our original decision in light of any new evidence or information from the inquest, including any conclusions reached by the jury.

Wife says Mubenga's death 'worse than an animal'

The wife of a man who died during deportation has said outside court that her late husband was treated "worse than an animal" on the flight.

Speaking outside Isleworth Crown Court, Adrienne Makenda Kambana said about her husband Jimmy Mubenga:

He was neglected on the plane worse than an animal. What the witnesses said, they heard Jimmy asking for help. Nobody helped him.

Jimmy should be here, but because he didn't get help, that's why he's not here.

Every time they are deporting someone they need to put someone to monitor them, how they are doing, how they are treating the deportee.

He was a human being, a loving person. He did not deserve his death. His death is worse than an animal.

G4S defends handling of Jimmy Mubenga case

Security agency G4S has defended its handling of a case in which a 46-year-old man being deported from Britain was 'unlawfully killed', an inquest found today.

G4S defends handling of Jimmy Mubenga case. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A G4S spokeswoman said: "The death of anyone in our care is deeply felt by all of us and the death of Mr Mubenga was a very tragic event.

"The welfare of those in our care is always our top priority and we take great care to ensure that our employees on this contract, which has been carried out by another provider since November 2011, were made aware of their responsibilities in this respect.

"Our employees were also trained, screened and vetted to the standards defined by strict Home Office guidelines.

"We believe that at all times we acted appropriately and in full compliance with the terms of our contract with UKBA and it should be noted that the Crown Prosecution Service found no basis on which to bring criminal charges against G4S in this case".

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