Home Office refuses to publish report on restraint

21.01.16 | |

The Home Office has refused to disclose a critical investigation report into why a seriously ill immigration detainee was shackled while undergoing heart surgery in the days leading up to his death. 

 

The use of restraints on Mohammed Jakaria Chowdhury while he was in hospital in November 2012 has been described as "excessive" and "appalling" by HM Inspectorate of Prisons but the Home Office will not publish their investigation into what went wrong, saying that its contents are so upsetting that the surviving relatives could suffer severe distress if they knew how he had been treated. 

 

Medical Justice, a charity that campaigns on immigration detention issues and offers free medical and legal advice to detainees, is challenging the Home Office's refusal to publish the report before the Information Tribunal. The charity is arguing that it is in the public interest for the findings to be made known so that lessons can be learnt and the Home Office can be held accountable. The appeal will be heard in March 2016.

 

You can read more about the case here

 

Martha Spurrier acts for Medical Justice, instructed by Jed Pennington of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors.

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