G4S Escapes Prosecution Over Death as U.K. Charges 3 Guards

A G4S Plc unit escaped prosecution over the 2010 death of a man at London’s Heathrow Airport, while three guards employed by the company will be charged, U.K. prosecutors said.

Overturning its 2012 decision not to press charges, the Crown Prosecution Service said today there was now enough evidence for a case against Colin Kaler, Terrence Hughes and Stuart Tribelnig for manslaughter. The three men will appear at a London court on April 7.

Jimmy Mubenga died while being deported after he was restrained by three G4S guards at the airport on an Angola-bound airplane in 2010. The three guards were arrested about a week after Mubenga’s death and no longer work for the company.

The prosecutors said today that G4S Care and Justice Services U.K. Ltd. wouldn’t face corporate manslaughter charges because it “would require evidence capable of establishing beyond reasonable doubt that a ‘controlling mind’ in the corporation was personally guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.”

The CPS reviewed its July 2012 decision not to press charges following an inquest into Mubenga’s death, which found that he’d been unlawfully killed. All new evidence at the inquest was taken into account during the review, the CPS said.

“We believe that at all times we acted appropriately and in full compliance with the terms of our contract” with the U.K. Border Agency, G4S said in an e-mailed statement. “The death of anyone in our care is deeply felt by all of us and the death of Mr. Mubenga was a tragic event.”

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