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G4S Staff Escape Legal Action Over Detainee Jimmy Mubenga's Death

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Prosecutors will take no action against three G4S staff over the death of an Angolan national who collapsed on a plane while being deported from the UK, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said today.

Jimmy Mubenga, 46, became ill as the flight was preparing to leave Heathrow Airport in October 2010, and died later in hospital.

Mr Mubenga, a father of five, died from cardiorespiratory collapse after he was restrained.

The CPS announced that three civilian guards who escorted him will face no action.

To bring a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter, it would need to be proved that the guards' actions were "more than a minimal" cause of his death.

Senior Crown advocate for the CPS Gaon Hart said he had considered whether there was enough evidence to charge the guards or their employer G4S Care and Justice Services UK Limited.

He said: "After very careful consideration of all the evidence, and consultation with medical experts and experienced counsel, I have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to bring any charges for Mr Mubenga's death.

"These conclusions are reached in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors which states that I cannot bring a prosecution unless there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction."