The inquest into the death of Rubel Ahmed, who died at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in September 2014, is due to begin on Monday 11 May. Mr Ahmed was pronounced dead on 6 September, days after being told he was being removed to Bangladesh by the Home Office.
Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre had previously been described by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons as “austere”, where “detainees were inappropriately locked into their rooms at night.” On this subject, Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST, has said the following:
“The culture of locking up immigration detainees in prison like conditions has been the subject of repeated criticism. Rubel’s experience is sadly not unique. There have been a number of reports documenting the impact of immigration detention on a detainee’s mental and physical well being with detrimental results”.
More information on the inquest can be found in INQUEST’s press release.
The family of the deceased is being represented by Una Morris. Una is instructed by Clare Richardson of Bhatt Murphy. Both are members of the INQUEST lawyers group.
Una is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests Team.