Family of dead deportee Jimmy Mubenga seek 'justice'

all credits: BBC News
published: 14th October 2011

The widow of an Angolan man who died at Heathrow Airport as he was being deported has urged justice to be done quickly, a year after his death. Jimmy Mubenga, 46, fell ill and collapsed on a British Airways plane bound for Angola on 12 October 2010. Adrienne Makenda Kambana and their 17-month-old daughter Blessing held a vigil outside the offices of the Crown Prosecution Service at Southwark.

Mrs Kambana said: “Justice would reduce the pain.” Mr Mubenga was taken to nearby Hillingdon Hospital after he collapsed on the plane but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. Post-mortem tests have so far proved inconclusive.

Three security guards, aged 35, 48 and 49, were arrested in October and released on police bail until December while inquiries continue.

Addressing a gathering of friends and campaigners from Medical Justice UK, Institute of Race Relations and No One Is Illegal, she said the family wanted “closure”.

She said: “I would be happy if they made their decision quickly because I am tired of waiting. Justice would reduce the pain and if that happens quickly it would be better.

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