Similar to its business in the U.S, G4S has a contract with UK immigration authorities to transport deportees back to their home countries. In one case, three G4S security guards escorted Jimmy Mubenga, a 46 year-old Angolan asylum-seeker to Heathrow Airport to be sent back to Angola. On the aircraft, the G4S guards restrained Mubenga in his seat in such a way as to cause death.
An inquest jury that reviewed the case recorded a majority verdict of unlawful killing after four days of deliberations. Passengers on the aircraft testified that when G4S guards were restraining Mubenga, he called out that he couldn’t breath and “they’re going to kill me.” The inquiry findings led to a decision by prosecutors to bring manslaughter charges against the G4S guards.
In the course of the investigation, it was revealed that brutally racist text messages were found on the guards’ cell phones. The judge in charge of the case ruled that the racist text messages would be inadmissible in court.
In December 2014, four years after Mubenga’s death, the guards were found not guilty of manslaughter. In response to the verdict, protesters blocked streets in London and occupied G4S offices. A delegation of activists from Ferguson, Missouri joined in these actions to show solidarity.
SOURCE: GUARDIAN Americans involved in the US Ferguson demonstrations joined British activists on Tuesday to block a major street in central London in protest at security company G4S’s role in the death of Jimmy Mubenga. The tactic of blocking traffic – known as “shutting shit down” – has been quite prominent in the protests to show […]
SOURCE: OPEN DEMOCRACY Jimmy Mubenga died under restraint by three G4S guards. Extreme racist texts found on two of the guards’ phones were withheld from the jury who yesterday cleared all three men of manslaughter. There were 65 extremely racist texts found on the mobile phone of Terrence Hughes, one of three G4S guards acquitted […]
SOURCE: GUARDIAN Three private security guards who restrained the Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga have been cleared of manslaughter by a jury at the Old Bailey. The 46-year-old died after being restrained by the G4S guards on a British Airways flight on 12 October 2010. Terrence Hughes, 53, Colin Kaler, 52 and Stuart Tribelnig, 39, were […]
SOURCE: GUARDIAN Three G4S guards are being charged with manslaughter following the death of a man as he was being deported from the UK. Jimmy Mubenga, 46, died after being restrained by the three men on board a plane at Heathrow airport in October 2010. Mubenga’s wife, Adrienne Makenda Kambana, said: “My children and I […]
SOURCE: GUARDIAN Three men have been arrested by police in connection with the death of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan refugee who collapsed while being escorted on a flight from Heathrow airport in London. The Metropolitan police confirmed that the men were interviewed by police “by appointment” at a west Lo ndon police station and released […]