The Guardian reports that a Canadian man, who complained of heart pains while being detained, is seventh immigration detainee to die at Harmondsworth since 2001
The 84-year-old Canadian died after becoming ill at an immigration removal centre near Heathrow airport. Alois Dvorzac was said to be “extremely distressed” before being rushed to hospital on 10 February. He died later that day in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.
The United Kingdom Borders Agency refused to confirm or deny the death and would not say why the 84 year old Dvorzac was in detention. The Canadian high commission in London said they were aware of reports of a Canadian who was detained in London and had since died. A spokeswoman said the high commissioner in London was in contact with the local authorities. She added: “Due to the Privacy Act, no additional information can be released at this time.” It was a “sad case”, she said.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan police confirmed the death and said it was not being treated as suspicious. A postmortem took place on 13 February.
Seven people have died at Harmondsworth since it reopened as the first purpose-built immigration detention centre in 2001. The centre is managed by the private company GEO on behalf of UKBA. It is the largest immigration detention centre in Europe. In all, 17 people have died in UK detention centres.
The Guardian managed to speak to another detainee at Harmondsworth, who did not want to be named. He said Dvorzac was “extremely distressed” on the day in question and that he had complained of chest pains. Source: The Guardian.
Immigration Matters has teamed up with a network of immigration law practitioners and Barristers to offer bail and appeal services for those who find themselves locked up in a detention centre pending removal or deportation from the UK.
Cynthia Barker of Bison UK Immigration Advisers, a firm which has helped detainees secure a release, said indefinite detention or detention for long periods is becoming more common.
“In one recent case a student visa holder was detained for 80 days after he was refused an extension.
“He was a polite young man who had never been in trouble with the law, was studying at University and had no need to work as he was fully supported by his family back home in Nigeria.
“We managed to rescue him minutes before his specially chartered ”deportation” plane was about to take off from Stanstead Airport only because he was in a relationship with an EEA national – even then the Home Office wanted to ignore this and remove him that night.”
Following his release, the smartly dressed student spoke of being “locked up in a prison cell with suspected terrorists and convicted murderers”.
Overstaying students are now being targeted by private firms, such as Capita, hired by the UKBA to track people down.
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