Abuse allegations in Harmondsworth custody death

By The Ligali Organisation | Sat 10 November 2012

Ghanaian detainees at the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre have issued a statement regarding the death of Prince Ofosu.

Prince Kwabena Ofosu, 31 from Ghana was found dead in suspicious circumstances at Harmondsworth removal centre on 30 October.

A statement released by Ghanaian detainees on the website has alleged that

“1. Prince Ofosu was forcibly restrained by GEO officers employed by the UKBA.

2. We understand that Prince Ofosu sustained some injuries. The GEO officer, Jim by name who inflicted massive blows on prince Ofosu had some blood stains on his uniform, but he was asked to remove the blood stained clothes so that no one would notice what happened. His clothes were changed for him. That happened in a room known as "block" [rule 40].”

The statement then continues to reveal a widespread system of abuse where detainees are said to be subjected to extreme physical duress and various forms of abuse.

The Home Office is reported as having refused to answer any questions and instead state that ‘This death is being investigated so it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage. We will work with the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman during the investigation’.

It is believed that a post mortem has found no evidence of violence, restraint or suicide. However, the detainees allege that guards at the centre restrained Prince in the ‘block’ (segregation unit) and that he had been left naked in his cell without heating and clothes.

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