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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:
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:
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:
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".
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.
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."
The widow of Jimmy Mubenga, who died during deportation from Britain, has said today that she felt 'relieved' after the inquest found that he had been "unlawfully killed".
Speaking outside of court, Adrienne Makenda Kambana said: "Everything was behind closed doors. Now it has come out, I feel happy".
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:
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:
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.
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".