G4S mercenaries murder in Iraq update

This is a music video by British punk band Crass, of their song Securicor (another name for G4S corporation). Lyrics are here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday 28th May 2014

CRIME: G4S knew of screening failures months before an armed guard murdered two colleagues in Iraq, a BBC documentary has alleged.

Danny Fitzsimons was sentenced to at least 20 years in 2011 for killing Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare in Baghdad in August 2009.

But a Scotland 2014 investigation screened last night said its team had seen a leaked copy of the firm’s internal report, showing that the company had found major flaws in its screening of candidates for armed contracts during multiple audits in March that year.

The victims’ families have called for a public inquiry.

See also here.

G4S under fire for taking £70m contract to service Guantanamo Bay: here.

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  2. Mon Sep 8, 2014 9:10 am (PDT) . Posted by:
    “James Hutchings” apeloverage

    Two former G4s guards have reportedly been arrested and charged with the murder of 23-year-old Reza Barati, an Iranian asylum seeker beaten to death during unrest inside the immigration detention centre on Manus Island.

    Papua New Guinea’s police commissioner, Jim Andrews, told the ABC a man was arrested in Kimbe province on Monday after a months-long search. A Manus local was arrested in July but it was not publicised by police.

    Both men have now been charged with murder, the report said.

    It is believed authorities are still searching for other people involved in the unrest and Barati’s death, including a Salvation Army worker who fled Manus.

    Barati died from severe head injuries sustained during the second night of violence inside the immigration detention centre in February of this year.

    The Australian Federal Police denied claims in the report that it had helped their PNG counterparts with the investigation.

    The Greens immigration spokeswoman, Sarah Hanson-Young, said the murder charges involving Australian government-funded employees should lead to the detention centre being closed.

    (Source: The Guardian)

    An expert has described the treatment of some refugees as “our Guantanamo.”

    At least one in four refugees locked in indefinite detention on the basis of secret ASIO findings has attempted or threatened suicide.

    Several of the 44 refugees have now been incarcerated more than five years without charge in Melbourne and Sydney, and none are allowed to know the detail of the secret assessments used to justify their detention, or to appeal.

    The heavy psychological toll has led to extraordinary rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm.

    The 42 men and two women have been officially recognised as refugees and almost universally report a history of torture and trauma.

    They are refused visas to live in Australia but cannot be sent home for fear of persecution.

    Australia’s policy of indefinite detention of the refugees with adverse security findings was found by the United Nations last August to be in breach of more than 140 international laws and conventions. A year later, the government is yet to respond to the ruling.

    Sydney University law professor Ben Saul, who took the case to the UN, said the government had detained refugees without charge or trial in cruel, inhuman or degrading conditions.

    “This is our Guantanamo, a legal black hole of indefinite detention that is beyond the rule of law [and] fairness,” Professor Saul said.

    (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)


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