Ghanaian national Prince Kwabena Fosu was found dead on the concrete floor of his cell in Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, 6 days after he arrived, on 30 October 2012.

Two companies could be charged for breaching safety law after a man died at a west London immigration detention centre.

GEO Group UK, which managed Harmondsworth at the time of the incident, and Nestor Primecare Services, which was responsible for its health services under contract to GEO have had criminal charged authorised against them by The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Both companies are alleged to have breached section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Deborah Cole, director of Inquest, a charity focused on deaths in custody or detention, said:

“We hope this trial will shine a spotlight on the closed world of immigration detention, the treatment and standards of care of detainees, staff training and culture.

It will also afford much needed scrutiny on the privatisation of detention services and how multi-national companies are held to account when people die in their care.”