Friday, March 21, 2014

Justice for Jimmy Mubenga?

Back in 2010, Jimmy Mubenga died while being deported from the UK after being subjected to positional asphyxia by his guards. Now those guards are facing manslaughter charges:

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 on board a plane at Heathrow airport in October 2010.

On Thursday the Crown Prosecution Service said the guards, Stuart Tribelnig, 38, Terry Hughes, 53, and Colin Kaler, 51, would be charged with manslaughter.

Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of CPS special crime, said: "There is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig."

Good. While I don't think the guards intended to kill Mubenga, they certainly seem to have shown a callous disregard for his life. But meanwhile, G4S, the company which set their organisational culture, gets to escape scot-free. Shouldn't they be on trial as well?