British law firm acts for Bloem prisoners

LeighDay G4S“Forty-three inmates who allege they were tortured by warders in a Bloemfontein prison are preparing to bring their claim before the British High Court.

British law firm Leigh Day is representing the prisoners and served an urgent “letter of claim” to security giant G4S’s headquarters in Crawley in the UK on Thursday …

If the claim is successful, it will be a landmark case for prisoners incarcerated with the biggest security provider in the world. G4S runs eight prisons and several immigration and juvenile detention centres. Its annual revenues are worth £7.4 billion (R132 billion).

With 618 000 employees in 120 countries, it is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Leigh Day has given the security giant three months in which to provide a response.”

Read senior journalist, Ruth Hopkins’, article as it appeared in City Presshere and in The Guardian, here. Also read the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) response to an inquiry by the WJP regarding Mangaung Correctional Centre, here.

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