A 51-year-old Algerian man who was awaiting deportation to his native Algeria has died earlier today (Sunday) at the Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, which is located near to the airport at Heathrow.
It has been reported by other news sources that the police have been informed, while the matter has been referred to the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, all being standard procedures in the case of any death at the location.
His death, which was confirmed by the UK Home Office has provoked a further outcry from human rights groups who had called for the centre’s closure.
A previous prison government-funded report, it was revealed that the centre was showing “considerable failings” in safety and respect for detainees, while accusations of abuse and torture continue to grow.
With regard to the death of the Algerian, the UK Home Office would only say that “Our thoughts are with his next of kin at this sad time,” …… “We will make no further comment while this is being investigated.”