Mubenga death: G4S guards will not face charges

Justice for Jimmy Mubenga

originally by: The Guardian
published: 17 July 2012

Three guards who worked for the security firm G4S have been told they will not face manslaughter charges over the death of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan refugee who collapsed while being escorted on a flight from Heathrow airport in London 21 months ago.

The men worked as guards for the firm, which was contracted to escort deportees for the Home Office when the incident occurred. G4S has come under intense criticism in recent days after admitting it has failed to supply enough guards for the Olympics.

Mubenga, 46, died after losing consciousness on British Airways flight 77 to Angola, as it waited to take off on the runway.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that in order to prosecute the guards for “gross negligence manslaughter” they would need to prove he was held in a “severely splinted position” – bent over with his head either on or below his knees and his diaphragm restricted – for a sufficient period of time to show that the actions of the security guards were more than a minimal cause of his death.

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