UK G4S staff in court over manslaughter charges

UK G4S staff in court over manslaughter charges

Mon Apr 7, 2014 2:43PM GMT

Three employees of the leading British Security Company, G4S, have gone on trial facing manslaughter charges over the death of an African man back in 2010.

Jimmy Mubenga died of cardiac arrest after being restrained by security guards onboard a plane at Heathrow Airport as he was deported from the UK.

An inquest jury has already found that G4S guards unlawfully killed the 46-year-old Angolan refugee.

However, the defendants, who were employed as detainee custody officers by G4S at the time, say they will deny the manslaughter charges.

The security firm has tried to dodge responsibility in this case in the past four years. But the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that the accused men, Colin Kaler, Stuart Tribelnig and Terrence Hughes would be charged.

The All African Women’s Group, comprised of women asylum seekers, said, “What happened to Jimmy could have happened to one of our members; a number of us have suffered assaults in detention and violent deportations. Unless those abusing asylum seekers – women, children and men fleeing genocide, war and rape – are stopped, all our lives are at risk.”

The development comes as G4S also faces criticism for its cooperation with the Israeli regime, including providing equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints, illegal settlements, the apartheid wall and jails where Palestinian political prisoners are held in violation of international laws and subjected to mistreatment and torture.

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