Mubenga restraint death: three men arrested by police


originally by: The Guardian
publshed: 18th October 2010

Three men have been arrested by police in connection with the death of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan refugee who collapsed while being escorted on a flight from Heathrow airport in London.

The Metropolitan police confirmed that the men were interviewed by police “by appointment” at a west London police station and released on bail.

Mubenga, 46, died after losing consciousness on BA flight 77 around 8pm last Tuesday. Four passengers have since told the Guardian they saw three security guards heavily restraining Mubenga, who they said consistently complained about his breathing.

The three guards worked for G4S, a private security firm contracted to escort deportees for the Home Office.

Those arrested are aged 35, 48 and 49 and were questioned by police under caution today. None have been charged, and police sources said they were interviewed “in connection” with the death.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “Police investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Jimmy Mubenga in west London have today arrested three men by appointment at a West London police station.

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