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G4S Staff To Be Charged Over Deportation Death
Three G4S detainee custody officers are to be charged with manslaughter over the death of a man who was being deported.
Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig are to be charged in connection with the death of Jimmy Mubenga, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
A statement from the three men's solicitor said they would be "vigorously denying these charges in court".
Mr Mubenga died in October 2010 after being restrained on board a British Airways flight to Angola while he was being deported.
Almost two years later prosecutors decided that no charges should be brought over his death.
But the case was reopened after an inquest into Mr Mubenga's death recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.
Kaler, Hughes and Tribelnig are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 7.
G4S will not face charges of corporate manslaughter after the CPS decided there was insufficient evidence for such a prosecution.
Mr Mubenga was in the process of applying for permission to stay in the UK permanently when it was decided he should be deported after serving two years in jail for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Mr Mubenga and his wife, Adrienne Makenda Kambana, had been living in Ilford, east London, after arriving in the UK from Angola in 1994.
He died of cardio-respiratory collapse, where the heart stops beating and a person stops breathing, the inquest found.
A G4S spokeswoman said: "The death of anyone in our care is deeply felt by all of us and the death of Mr Mubenga was a tragic event.
"The welfare of those in our care is always our top priority and we took great care to ensure that our employees on this contract, which has been carried out by another provider since November 2011, were made aware of their responsibilities in this respect.
"These employees were also trained, screened and vetted to the standards defined by strict Home Office guidelines.
"We believe that at all times we acted appropriately and in full compliance with the terms of our contract with UKBA and it should be noted that the Crown Prosecution Service found there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against G4S in this case."