Inquest into the death of a deported asylum seeker in the hands of G4S guards in the UK:RISE (24 May 2013)
Sixty five racist jokes were found on the mobile phone of one of the G4S security guards who was restraining an Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy Mubenga who died in their hands during deportation from the UK in 2010.
In a police interview given shortly after Mubenga’s death and read out in court a senior G4S guard admitted that there were consequences if deportations were cancelled. “You always got the co-ordinator shouting at you: ‘You have to make this flight,’” he told the police interviewer. “They were probably getting it from higher up but I don’t know how high up it goes. I just know you have to get the job away so the boys get paid and you get paid.”
An inquest is currently being carried out in the UK into Jimmy Mubenga’s death in 2010.
G4S is the largest security company in the world and has been hired by the Australian government to run detention centres incarcerating asylum seekers in Manus Island. It is also the company that held contracts during the last decade to run detention centres in Australia till about 2009 (http://www.theage.com.au/national/labor-breaks-detention-promise-20090119-7ku5.html) including the time when Australian permanent resident Corneila Rau was detained in Baxter (http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2005/cornelia-chronology.htm).
G4S also holds various contracts to run prison facilities in Australia (http://www.smh.com.au/business/g4s-nabs-aussie-gold-with-questionable-tactics-20120731-23c2y.html) and the death of an Aboriginal elder held in custody in 2008 occurred in the hands of G4S guards (http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2009/s2598658.htm).
There have also been a number of deaths of Asylum seekers and refugees in Australian immigration detention centres being run by another private security company SERCO (http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1613725/Coroner-slams-government-Serco-over-Villawood-deat) that holds a $1.86 billion government contract (http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/sercos-lack-of-transparency-leaves-much-to-be-desired-20130507-2j5qi.html) to run these centres. Josefa Rauluni, a Fijian asylum seeker plunged to his death from the roof of the Villawood detention centre in 2010 when SERCO guards tried to restrain him for deportation.