UK: Inquest hears allegations over man's death on plane after restraint by G4S guards

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15 May 2013

G4S guard in dead deportee case shared racist jokes [UK]

Author: Amelia Hill, Guardian [UK]

The G4S security guard in charge of restraining an Angolan man who died as he was being deported from Britain was told in court to read out a string of racist jokes he received and forwarded using his mobile phone...[T]he senior detainee custody officer in charge of Jimmy Mubenga's forced deportation...told the jury at the inquest at Isleworth crown court that the jokes aggressively targeting black men, Pakistanis and Muslims did not reflect his beliefs or influence his treatment of the deportees he removed from the UK.

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14 May 2013

Man 'died after G4S restraint', inquest hears [UK]

Author: BBC News

A[n]...Angolan man died after being restrained by G4S security guards as he was being deported, an inquest has heard. Jimmy Mubenga became ill on a plane as it prepared to leave Heathrow Airport in October 2010. He died in hospital. Isleworth Crown Court heard he had been restrained by three G4S security guards...The Crown Prosecution Service...previously decided against action...The coroner told the jury the guards were later arrested "on suspicion of having committed criminal offences in relation to the death of Mr Mubenga" but no prosecutions were brought...The inquest is expected to last eight weeks.

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