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Jimmy Mubenga’s widow: ‘Step closer to justice’

GRIEF: Adrienne Makenda Kambana holds an image of her dead husband Jimmy Mubenga (PA)

JIMMY MUBENGA’S widow has said the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to put three private security guards on trial for killing her husband is “another step closer to getting justice”.

Adrienne Makenda Kambana has campaigned for almost four years to get justice for Mubenga, who was killed after he was restrained for about 30 minutes by G4S guards Stuart Tribelnig, Terence Hughes and Colin Kaler on board a plane at London’s Heathrow Airport in October 2010.

The Angolan national was in the process of being deported back to his native country as he fell ill and was held down in a dangerous position by the guards that resulted in him being unable to breathe.

An inquest into his death last July concluded he was unlawfully killed.

In light of this ruling, the CPS re-examined the evidence and today (Mar 20) announced it will prosecute the three guards for manslaughter.

Speaking about today’s decision, Makenda Kambana said: “My children and I have waited a long time for this decision.

“We hope the CPS will now move this case forward quickly.

“We feel like we are another step closer to getting justice for Jimmy.”

The family’s solicitor Mark Scott added: “The family look to the Crown Prosecution Service now to ensure that they prosecute the case with the rigour and robustness required by the evidence available to them.

“It has been a three-and-a-half-year struggle for the family to get to this point and they hope to get on with their lives once this final challenge is met.”

Mugenba’s family have been helped by charity INQUEST, which provides support to relatives of people who have been killed by state actors or agencies hired by the government.

The group’s co-director Deborah Coles spoke about legal aid helping the family get the prosecutions they campaigned for, and said: “This decision reiterates the importance of legal aid for families to be represented at inquests.

“It is legal aid that ensured a robust examination of all the evidence, which has ultimately resulted in today’s welcome decision.”

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